“To predict our future, we must first understand our past, especially the huge changes since the founding of the Jewish state”

JEWISH CHRONICLE
Half of all Jews now live in Israel and that is a source of strength
Vernon Bogdanor
July 26, 2022

At the recent celebrations of the 74th anniversary of independence, then-Israeli PM Naftali Bennett reminded Israelis that the two previous Jewish kingdoms had not survived to reach their 8th decade. The kingdom of David and Solomon had split in two after internal disputes. The Hasmonean regime, the regime of the second temple, lasted just 77 years, before internal conflicts led to Roman occupation. Jews, Bennett declared, were now being given a third chance. They must be careful not again to squander it by too narrow a conception of what Judaism is. Of course the only real answer to the question of the future of Judaism is that no one really knows, since that future remains to be written. READ MORE

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