Make Conversion Easier

Newspaper: Jewish Herald
posted on:
3 In mar 1970
Jewish Heritage - Anti-Semitism, Holocaust, Linguistics. Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - Arabs of Israel. Diaspora - Assimilation, Diaspora Jewry. States - Britain/England, France, Germany, Soviet Union (Russia), USA. Ideologies - Communists, Right-Wing/Left-Wing. Religion and State - Convert, Marriage, Who is a Jew?. Democracy , Human Rights - Equal rights. Government , Political Parties - Herut. Liberty of Men - Individual Liberty. Greater Land of Israel - Jerusalem. Knesset , Opposition , Individuals - Theodor Herzl
Begin speaks to the Knesset about Jewish and other nationalities in Israel. He emphasizes that one does not need to have to be Jewish to be a free citizen with equal rights in Israel. He also emphasizes that there is not a separation between Jewish nationhood and religion. Begin starts his speech showing that there can be a democratic State consisting of different nationalities. Because of Jewish history, Israel is sensitive to minorities living in Israel. Furthermore, Begin wants to prove that Judaism is far from racist. Then he shares that Herzl understood the intertwining between Jewish nationhood and religion. Begin points out that this connection can also be seen in the Bible. Begin argues that assimilation and intermarriage affects who is a Jew. There are people who are connected to Judaism, but are not considered Jewish. For the sake of these people, he argues, conversion should be made easier.