“Brit Chadashah” was how Rabbi Yaakov Litzman of the ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism party described the new political alliance between Israel’s rising political stars: the secular Yair Lapid and the national-religious Naftali Bennett. It wasn’t a compliment.
Translated, Brit Chadashah means “New Covenant,” or what most people know as the “New Testament,” which ultra-Orthodox Jews regard as a heresy. Litzman and his colleagues see Israel’s new governing coalition as heretical because, for the first time in a decade, ultra-Orthodox parties are not included. But for the Israeli electorate, this “new covenant” represents a new hope.
The full article appears in the April 2013 issue of Israel Today Magazine.
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