MembersA Jewish State Based on Jewish Traditions? Who Needs It?

Want to understand the spiritual climate of the State of Israel? This interview with Leah Aharoni is a must read.

By David Lazarus | | Topics: Judaism, Faith
In centuries past there was a Sanhedrin that oversaw all aspects of Jewish life in the Land of Israel. Some Jewish groups would like to reestablish something similar in the modern Jewish state. Photo: Nati Shohat/Flash90

The idea of a “Jewish State” is unique in the world. Modern democracies insist on separating “state and church,” so why does Israel insist on a “Jewish Democracy”? Do religious Jews want to impose Jewish laws like kashrut and the Shabbat on its citizens, similar to Islamic Sharia law? Is there a place for a “Jewish State” in the civilized world that emphasizes freedoms without religious interference?

In this fascinating interview with Israel Today, Leah Aharoni, an Orthodox Jew and co-founder of “Women for the Wall” explains why a Jewish State is important not only for Israel, but for Christians too.

Pay attention here, for there are crucial lessons for Christians who find themselves battling the same culture war in their own modern democracies.

Religion and democracy are often seen as opposing forces. On the one hand, a system of religion like Sharia law is binding on the individual and does not allow for individual freedoms. On the other hand, modern democracies believe in “freedom” to do whatever you please...

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