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Why Separate State and Religion?

Cohen-Almagor, Raphael



The article opens with a discussion of my premises in relation to the separation of state and religion. Section II elucidates the goal of creating a decent and just society in Israel. Section III explains the manner in which liberal democratic values, based on the above presmises, enable Israel to fulfill this goal. These values include liberty, tolerance, human rights, equality, truth, and justice. The Respect for Others Argument and the Harm Principle safeguard the rights of women, ethnic, religious, national and cultural minorities, homosexuals and others who might otherwise find themselves at a disadvantage in society. Section IV delineates how and why justice is the all-encompassing value Israel must adopt. The Conclusion focuses on the means of compromise and deliberation used in the decision-making processes.


Cohen-Almagor, R. (2022). Why Separate State and Religion?. Israel Studies, 27(2), 76-91.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 22, 2021
Online Publication Date Mar 24, 2022
Publication Date Jun 1, 2022
Deposit Date Apr 15, 2022
Publicly Available Date Oct 27, 2022
Journal Israel Studies
Print ISSN 1084-9513
Electronic ISSN 1527-201X
Publisher Indiana University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 27
Issue 2
Pages 76-91
Keywords Equality; Democracy; Israel; Judaism; Justice; Liberalism; Religion; Women's rights
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