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The See-through Yarmulkes and the Right of Return

The big question, of course, is where does the Jewish Home get its new votes?

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Naftali Bennett (c) at his primaries victory party, November 7, 2012.

Naftali Bennett, after he was elected in 2012 to lead the Jewish Home party.
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This trend is pulling in secular Jews who feel robbed of their Judaism. They are scattered among the left wing kibbutzim, in towns and villages, searching for a path to their Jewish identity – and they’re finding satisfying answers in the Jewish Home. They’re not necessarily Shabbat observers, but some do check out the synagogues that open in their neighborhoods. They feel that they’re good Jews, despite their see-through yarmulke, the kippa of heaven. They, too, will be joining the trend that’s changing a party no one counted into the third largest party in Israel.

It’s not over till it’s over – but it’s not just an idle dream, either.

Menachem Rahat

About the Author: Born in Tel Aviv in 1943. Graduated Bar Ilan University (Political Science and History) and Haifa University (Political Science). Chaired the Maariv political desk for 24 years. Married with children and grandchildren. Living in Raanana.


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