Unite Against Extremist Acts in Israel

By John S. Ruskay

All of us who feel an abiding connection to the people and state of Israel are following with growing concern news reports of recent religious extremism and violence, including in Beit Shemesh. Though the verbal and physical abuse has been at the hands of a few, their reprehensible actions and words have reverberated throughout the Jewish world. These events have heightened awareness of the growing divide, both in Israel and throughout the Jewish world, between those who seek to embrace Judaism and modernity and those who believe that Judaism and modernity are incompatible and therefore create more insular lifestyles.

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