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The Rabbi Who Brought Religion Into Israeli Politics

posted on October 8, 2013

At Bloomberg, Noah Feldman writes on the death of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef and analyzes how he transformed Israeli politics. “[T]he real political legacy of Yosef’s career is that, by making a religious party into a mainstream, non-rejectionist national actor, he helped move Israeli political culture from secular nationalism to a more religiously-informed model. In a rough parallel to the rise of Islamic politics in Arabic-speaking countries, the politics of Jewish religion, not just Jewish nationalism, is now an enduring part of the Israeli landscape.”

Read at Bloomberg