Bondi says he has trouble with the Israeli definition of the word ‘religious.’ “In English, when you say ‘religious’ you mean someone who has a connection with God in some way. In Israel a ‘religious’ person is someone who belongs to a sector that observes halakha. We’ve crowned halakha as the new god. This was a posttraumatic Haredi reaction, after the Enlightenment, after the Holocaust – come, let’s focus on halakha. But it’s not Jewish.

Esti Ahronovitz, “Change of Heart,” (3 February 2012)

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