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Kahane, Ben-Gvir and the Religious Right

Donniel Hartman, Yossi Klein Halevi, and Elana Stein Hain consider the causes of the unprecedented rise in religious fanaticism in Israel

Far-right MK Itamar Ben Gvir speaks during a press conference in Ramat Gan, August 15, 2022. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)
Far-right MK Itamar Ben Gvir speaks during a press conference in Ramat Gan, August 15, 2022. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

With Israeli elections less than two months away, polls are showing that the Religious Zionist party, a coalition of religious ultra-nationalists and followers of the late, racist Rabbi Meir Kahane, could win as many as 13 seats, making it an indomitable political force.

After a summer hiatus, For Heaven’s Sake is back with Donniel Hartman, Yossi Klein Halevi, and Elana Stein Hain to ask about the causes of this unprecedented rise in religious fanaticism in Israel:

For Heaven’s Sake is a podcast from the Shalom Hartman Institute’s iEngage Project that revives the lost art of Jewish debate for the sake of illuminating a topic, not sowing division. The podcast draws its name from the concept of Machloket l’shem shemayim, “Disagreeing for the sake of heaven.”

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