Have you murdered and also taken possession?

By Avraham H. Muthada (Translated from Hebrew By Iris Barner) First the moderate Judaism of Mizrahi Jews was trampled and some of them were pushed into an extreme orthodox practice that originated in Europe. Then the Mizrahi Jews were blamed for Ashkenazi-originated orthodoxy, and now MK Ruth Calderon reinvents moderate Judaism as if none of […]

‘Religion and politics’ in Israel: The mythology of Jewish nationalism

By Yaacov Yadgar The State of Israel has never attempted to build a national identity that would be ‘liberated ’from Jewish ‘religion.’ Instead, it has focused on the construction of a national identity distinct in one critical respect: it is reserved for Jews only. One of the more controversial legislative bills being currently pushed forward […]