religious state

‘I Want To Live In A Democracy, Not A Religious State’

For liberals and centrists, a growing fear of Orthodox power.

Special To The Jewish Week
05/29/2012

The 15-year-old daughter of an Israeli friend announced to her parents that when she gets older she will leave Israel. “The religious are taking over,” she said. “I don’t want to be treated like a second-class citizen, and anyway I want to live in a democracy, not a religious state.”
“I didn’t have an answer,” my friend said.

After the storm: Naama Margolese walks to school with her mother, Hadassa, in Beit Shemesh.
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