At a recent Conference
on the Balance of National Strength and Security, Professor
Moshe Kaveh made a passionate plea for recognition of the
legitimacy of secular Jewishness and called on secular Jews
to reclaim their Jewish identity.
His was one of
several prescriptions for ensuring the survival of the Jewish
world raised at the gathering organised by the Interdisciplinary
Center in Herzliya.
A session was
devoted to what was described as another strategic asset of
Israel: the Jewish world. Kaveh argued that the key for Jewish
survival lies with secular Jews.
of Jews in Israel and abroad define themselves as secular
from a cultural point of view, he said.
a serious conviction for some Jews, as well as an existential
condition for a great many more. Secularism in Jewish life
must be appreciated and supported as a potent source of motivation
As an Orthodox
Jew and the president of the largest university in Israel,
Kaveh went on, I recognise that there are areas of life,
especially in matters of public policy, in which religion
has left a vacuum........... We have failed to introduce Jewish
cultural content that will maintain the Jewish identity of
secular Jews and bring about a more unified Jewish people.
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