(photo credit: SHALOM HARTMAN INSTITUTE)
MICAH GOODMAN’S best-selling new book begins and ends with a well-known passage from the Talmud (tractate Yevamot).“For three years, there was a dispute between Beit Shamai and Beit Hillel [over halacha].” It was resolved when “a divine voice (bat kol) announced: ‘both are the words of the living God, but the Halacha… is with Beit Hillel.’” There are two bitter quarrels currently ripping apart the fabric of Israeli society. One is the political conflict between Right and Left, that has been festering for 50 years, since the Six Day War. A second is the conflict between the religiously observant and the secular.
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