Rabbi Meesh Hammer-Kossoy presents a five-part series on Am I my Brother’s Keeper? Jewish Approaches to Israeli Minorities. In this episode, live from Pardes in Jerusalem, Meesh will discuss Democracy and Tradition. The declaration of independence declares: “THE STATE OF ISRAEL will be open for Jewish immigration and for the Ingathering of the Exiles; it will foster the development of the country for the benefit of all its inhabitants; it will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel; it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex.”
The protection of minority rights is a signature characteristic of the democratic state. But is democracy a Jewish value? MK Haneen Zoabi and Satmar Rabbi Teitlebaum are united in their conviction that there is no such thing as a Jewish and Democratic state, as dictated by the Israeli basic laws. The UN Human Rights Commission seems equally unimpressed.
What do we as modern Jews have to say about the tension and complexity of building a Jewish and democratic state both from traditional and practical perspectives?
Note: There is Hevruta time between 22:00 and 33:15.
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