Bet ween pork and Puritanism

Guy Ben-Porat explains why there has been no overwhelming cry for the secularization of the state.

August 15, 2013 15:04
Guy Ben-Porat.

Guy Ben-Porat 521. (photo credit: Dani Machlis)


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In 2005, while I was working on a story about the introduction of cremation as a burial method in Israel, Muki Tsur, historian of the kibbutz movement and member of Kibbutz Ein Gev, pointed out to me that “the kibbutz movement’s revolutionary spirit had its limits.”

Raise pigs and eat pork? Sure. Light bonfires and feast on Yom Kippur? No problem. Heck, the kibbutz movement even attempted to dismantle the traditional family structure by separating children from their parents shortly after birth. In recent decades, they spearheaded alternative burial ceremonies that permitted the use of coffins and allowed mourners to incorporate non-religious texts in the burial service. But cremation? No way.


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