judaism - state - community
Judaism, our national culture, can not be separated from the state, as is done in several Western countries. In our case this could be harmful for both religion and state, especially when religion becomes a political tool of extortion in the distribution of national resources. Judaism ought to foster ethical and educational, rather than economic and political aspirations. Ensuring the Jewish character of specific public events need not offend the principles of democracy. We suggest the following measures:
1. Religious issues should be settled on a nonpolitical basis, countrywide, through a national referendum, and locally, through a regional vote. Voters will have at least three options, indicate their first and second preferences, both of which will be honored. This would diminish the danger of radical results. The Upper House will supervise these measures.
2. Religious institutions should be run by the communities, rather than the government. This will enhance their impact on the public mind. The National Budget will support the religious authorities and foster religious activities. Each community will elect its own rabbi and set up its own religious institutions. This will enable citizens to determine the character of their environment.
The same procedures will apply to Israel's religious minorities.
These measures will bridge the gap between religion and democracy, and remove the ill feeling towards Judaism. Spiritual leaders will strengthen their ties with the people, and prompt citizens to more seriously explore the nature of their Jewish identity.