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Our Problem With the Garin Torani? We're Jealous of Them

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A lot of bad things can be said about the Garin Torani movement members who have moved to the geographic and social periphery of Israel – especially if you are nonreligious, educated and liberal. But the bottom line is that we must admit in all honesty: We are jealous of them.

Instead of the Garin Torani – young religious Jews who move as a group to communities in the periphery and try to introduce religious Zionist content there – we wish secular groups would move to these communities and advance Zionist, democratic and liberal values. Groups that would aid the veteran local population in adapting to digital life, infuse diverse and rich culture and know how to make demands of the local and national government to improve the infrastructure and services there.

The political bonus would be to prevent these communities from falling into the net of religious Zionism, as happened to hundreds of thousands who fell into the net of Shas. But our own, the liberal nonreligious, don’t have the desire or the energy to go and live in Dimona, Ofakim and Beit She’an and do this work there. Our dream is “relocation” – in New Jersey or Silicon Valley, not in Lod.

In the past, we had kibbutzim........

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