MembersConversation With an Ex-Jew

“Judaism is an invention of people who wanted to create a sense of unity. The whole story about God is an invention.”

By Tsvi Sadan |
Many secular Israelis see no value in their Jewishness.
Photo: Tomer Neuberg/Flash90

[Editor’s note: Israel Today in no way endorses or agrees with the positions of the interviewee. Nevertheless, we have provided her this platform in order to expose a very real phenomenon taking place now in Israel.]

Gili is an ordinary Israeli. She is also my niece, or else I would have never known about her decision to become an ex-Jew, which is the reason for this interview.

Gili’s choice derives from the mounting anxiety in many Israeli families impacted by the growing political divide. In many cases, there remains only a thin veneer of civility that still holds such families together. Anecdotal as Gili’s case may be, she nevertheless represents something real. Extreme as she herself may be, her overall ideas resonate with a lot of leftists.

Gili’s parents are former kibbutzniks who lived in the city of Kfar Saba, where Gili grew up. At the age of 10, she joined the Labor youth movement and remained a part of it throughout her school years. At the age of 22, while studying for...

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