Why are Israeli Orthodox Jews more attracted to politically extremist views than their non-Orthodox fellow citizens? The question is not a provocation. It’s one that grows out of a new analysis of data from the Pew Research Center’s recent study showing that nearly half of all Israel Jews want Arabs expelled from their midst.
Americans still sympathize with Israel over the Palestinians; Millennials, not so much.
Israeli Muslims are more devout than the country’s Jews, Christians and Druze, but less so than other Muslims in the region.
When I first heard the number, I cringed. Could it really be that nearly half of Israeli Jews support the expulsion or transfer of the Arab population, as a new study by the Pew Research Center reported?
Identified as Israel’s second largest “tribe” in the Pew Research Center’s new, comprehensive survey of Israelis and their social and political demography, Masorti Jews are most easily defined by the space they occupy on the country’s Jewish spectrum: to the left of the Orthodox and to the right of the secular.
President Reuven Rivlin called the findings of the landmark Pew survey a “wake-up call for Israeli society.”
Even though Peter Jaffe had never been to Israel, the Maryland lawyer felt a kinship with the people there, imagining a nation state full of “New York Jews.” That changed as soon as he set foot in the Holy Land.
**While the 2013 Pew survey uncovered some disturbing evidence of lower levels of Jewish engagement among young people, the same survey contains several pieces of good news for Reform Jews — 5,000 of whom are gathering this week in Orlando, Florida, for the movement’s biennial conference organized by the Union for Reform Judaism.
Do you experience feelings of peace and well-being at least once a week? Did God write the Torah? Do you eat bacon?
The Pew study shows Orthodox values like belief in God and adherence to custom are spreading. Mordechai Lightstone asks why any Jew would have a problem with that — even if some evangelical Christians feel the same.