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The Problem of Religious DiversityEuropean Challenges, Asian Approaches$
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Anna Triandafyllidou and Tariq Modood

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474419086

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474419086.001.0001

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The Monopoly of Jewish Orthodoxy in Israel and Its Effects on the Governance of Religious Diversity

The Monopoly of Jewish Orthodoxy in Israel and Its Effects on the Governance of Religious Diversity

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(p.250) 11 The Monopoly of Jewish Orthodoxy in Israel and Its Effects on the Governance of Religious Diversity
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The Problem of Religious Diversity
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Raphael Cohen-Almagor

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474419086.003.0011

Israel is a Jewish democracy. The differences between Judaism and liberal democracy are not easily reconcilable. This chapter outlines the difference between liberal and illiberal societies. It argues that the lack of separation between state and religion leads to discrimination against non-Orthodox Jews in the private sphere, in conducting their most personal issues of marriage and divorce. It further argues that lack of separation between state and religion contributes to the discrimination against Israeli-Palestinian citizens in the public sphere. The majority of Israeli-Jews feel a strong sense of belonging and affinity to the State of Israel and for Judaism. For most of them it is important to live in Israel and to be part of Israeli society and the Jewish people (Arian and Keissar-Sugarmen 2012: 12). The majority of Israeli-Jews deeply appreciate religion yet they see it as a matter of personal choice, not as an overwhelming dictate from above.

Keywords:   Jewish Orthodoxy, Israel, Governance

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