1. Adam H Herbst
    May 25, 2023 @ 10:02 am

    Quick question – and admittedly to the side – does the “ultra Orthodox” party call themselves that or do they use another adjective?

  2. Shifra
    May 25, 2023 @ 10:21 am

    Well I agree that what ought to unify is shared values such as compassion love equality justice Peace and care for all.

    So I agree with your premise. Kudos. I took don’t want the haredi to be favored or to have a state dominated by the religious right.

    And I notice that there is no mention in your piece of the Palestinians.

    While I agree that unity cannot be at the price of selling our souls, though we may love each other, I do not see how we can speak only of the internal problems such as religious vs secular and so on.

    The whole foundation of this state, sadly, is built on the displacement, exile and inequality of Palestinians. It seems to me that Palestinians represent a fundamental problem for a Jewish state. And that the solution is some type of shared cooperative society. I don’t see anymore how we can have this Jewish State of Israel and equality for Palestinians. I believe we must come together.

    And I don’t see how we can come to any peace within or without in the Jewish Community if this fundamental problem is not addressed.

    Also I am spiritual/religious but not orthodox and support progressive causes. So the divide is not necessarily about secular vs religious.

    I like your premise and in my view you must go deeper.