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Religious Fundamentalist Judaism and the Reformation That Never Was The fundamentalist brand of Judaism which permeates the American North East and Canada does not accurately reflect the way the majority of Israelis think and behave Let us call to mind what the beloved Israeli philosopher Yeshayahu Liebowitz who was thought of as the conscience of the nation said over thirty years ago in reference to religious fundamentalism In every generation and at every time but especially in our time there are people who speak in the name of faith in God and assume for themselves the authority to be zealous on Gods behalf And the question is Is their personality such and are their qualities and human and ethical levels such that they are worthy of being men of the covenant of peace -- except that their zeal for God has forced them to carry out these severe actions If he is zealous on behalf of God without being suited for doing so he is nothing but a murderer In 1993 a controversy initiated by religious fundamentalists in Israel developed over the fact that Liebowitz won the Israel Prize for his lifes work The controversy was so heated and divisive that he eventually turned down the award and died shortly thereafter without it The Haskalah which was a spiritual and literal separation from the thickness of religiosity a Jewish intramural campaign in favor of mixing assimilating with the host nation against what the opponents have dubbed the immutable laws of Torah It has been said that Jewish religious fundamentalism is incompatible with democracy in Israel It must certainly also be blinded to the fact that globalization is democracy on a grand scale and that any form of religious fundamentalism is antithetical to global peace We Jews admire and placate America so much yet we cannot bring ourselves to emulate the fact that the reason why America is
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