Religion and Democracy in Israel

By Jack J. Cohen

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Spring 1998

The author argues that a fundamental challenge of Liberal Judaism is reconstructing a sense of holy obligation.  He challenges liberal Jews to perform mitzvot (commandments), which will add greater depth, significance and purpose to their lives.  According to the author, until the Jewish encounter with modernity within the last two centuries, a sense of duty came from a belief that the Torah was the word of God.  Now that most Jews do not share the traditional view of Torah, it is imperative for members of this generation to claim a sense of duty, responsibility and obligation for themselves.

Topic: Halakha, Political Behavior, Jewish Law, Religion and State, Governance, Politics

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Volume/Issue: Vol.62/no.2

Page Number(s): 12-19

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Genre: Scholarly Journal

Coverage: Israel

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Cohen, Jack J. Religion and Democracy in Israel. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA). Spring 1998: 12-19. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4346


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