“Envisioning Israel Based on Freedom, Justice and Peace for All”

Dr. Ron Kronish

Dr. Ron Kronish

“we will celebrate Israel’s Independence Monday night and all day Tuesday this week in Israel as a national and religious holiday. For many of us, it is “the beginning of the flowering of our redemption” (as stated in one of the versions of the prayer for the state of Israel recited every Shabbat in synagogues in Israel and throughout the world). This prayer has become the center of controversy in recent years. Radical right-wing Jews in extremists settlements have ceased saying this prayer ever since the disengagement from Gaza in August 2005. And some followers of Professor Yeshaiyahu Leibowitz, do not say the prayer because they do not think that nation-states are holy. And of course many ultra-orthodox Jews don’t say it because they are anti-Zionist and do not see the need for a state of the Jews! Nevertheless, most religious Jews in Israel –including Reform and Conservative Jews –say this prayer, or one similar to it, in gratitude for the miracle of returning home after 2000 years.”

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