The Israeli Constitutional Decision of 1950: Real-time Reconstructionist Reactions

By Michael Dickerman

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Spring 2007

The author discusses Israel's decision in 1950 to refrain from establishing a formal constitution. The article explores real-time views and debates within the Reconstructionist movement as seen in the relevant editorials and articles in The Reconstructionist journals of 1949 and 1950. The author explains that the Harari Resolution, still binding today, established an evolutionary process that allowed the Knesset to avoid what otherwise might have been a constitutional deadlock. The author argues that this represented an approach entirely consistent with Reconstructionism's means of engagement in the world.

Topic: Policy, Religion and State, Reconstructionist Judaism, Government

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Hirsh, Richard

Volume/Issue: Vol.71/no.2

Page Number(s): 85-95

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Genre: Scholarly Journal

Coverage: Israel , United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Dickerman, Michael. The Israeli Constitutional Decision of 1950: Real-time Reconstructionist Reactions. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA). Spring 2007: 85-95. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4348


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