The Myth of Israel’s ‘Secular’ Jew

This Times of Israel piece by Dov Lipman (The era of ‘Secular’ Israeli Jews is over)  echoes what I have been saying for years now and reminds me of a conversation I recently had with an Israeli who called himself secular as he was describing the bar mitzvah he & his wife are planning for his son.

The truth hit me right before my first Yom Kippur in Israel after I made aliyah, when I visited Kibbutz Beit Hashita, and is expressed in another Times of Israel article by Matti Friedman  from 2012 which can be found here:  and was reinforced by many interviews and personal encounters with Israelis who Jewish identity is expressed in both traditional forms (daf yomi other text study) and non-traditional variations on Shabbat and holiday observance – including skating and biking on the city streets on Yom Kippur, when the roads are closed to  all traffic save for pedestrians, bicycles, scooters and skateboards.

Lets spend more time on what keeps us together than on what separates us from each other.



About Sidney Slivko

There are so many things I enjoy doing -- teaching, reading, editing, art, networking, computers -- and thank God, I am able to integrate all of them. I am one of the original Jewish Studies teachers to use computer technology and multi-media in Jewish education (Mishna-mation, Hypertext Talmud, Guided Social Simulations & gaming for learning Jewish values, media and drama). I got into this because that's where the students were, and I was fortunate to have principals and school heads that believed in me and allowed me to use my creativity to reach them. Since coming to Israel in 1997 as a fellow in the Melton Senior Educators' Program, I have been expanding my apps and my reach, and still continue to look for new and creative ways to use the media.
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