Rahamim: A New Song Challenging Israeli identity

As Israel continues to grapple with an identity crisis over what it means to be a Jew, influential voices speak out

Rahamim: A New Song Challenging Israeli identity
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Eviatar Banai is not just another Israeli singer. Coming from a well-known and respected family that immigrated to Israel from Shiraz, Iran in the early 1880s, Eviatar is one among several well-known Banai stage artists.  Carrying such a legacy, Eviatar is looked at as a kind of seismograph of a contemporary Israeli society that still struggles with the fruits of Zionist school education. In a nutshell, this refers to the formal Israeli education that has done all it can to portray the Jewish religion as archaic and irrelevant to modern Israel. Modern Israeli Jews, so believed the early Zionists, should…