• Ted Chazin, Montreal

    There are many secular Jews in Israel who have abandoned most aspects of religion. It is sad that they often do not have alternative shuls to turn to and as a result are totally turned off by Judaism. The same issue is causing many Israelis to opt for civil marriage in far off places being forced to shun Chuppa weddings altogether. Aside from public schools that teach a Jewish curriculum, many children have no other exposure to our incredible culture despite living in the Jewish Homeland that was only a dream for 2000 years. If the Haredim relaxed their hold on the absolute regulation of Jewish life, all Israelis would benefit and fears of assimilation that come with the status quo could be addressed.