Anyone who is aware of, and interested in, the divide between secular and religious Jews in Israel, should find this worth reading:
Adi Dvir says her time in China changed her perception regarding Israel’s Jewish identity
As I have never been religious, and have always supported the separation of religion and state, I always wondered what it would be like to live in a land with no religious tendencies whatsoever. In my mind, such land had all the makings of a utopia: There would be no religious fanatics dressed in 19th century garb, no holy wars, and gender equality would reign supreme.
This utopian dream was shattered, however, after I recently had the opportunity to live in such country: China. I soon found myself thanking God we have religion in Israel.
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