Ruth Gavison was the Haim H. Cohn professor emerita of human rights at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the founding president of the Metzilah Center.
Is it possible to justify the existence of a Jewish state? So asked the late Ruth Gavison back in 2003, and her answer resounds as strongly now as it did then.
Featuring today: Ruth Gavison, Wilfred McClay, Yoav Sorek, Ira Stoll, George Weigel, Micah Goodman, and David Ellenson.
It is often remarked that America is the most religious Western democracy because and not in spite of its separation of religion and state. Would an Israel that adopted a similar system be both more democratic and more Jewish?
Yes but also no, argues Ruth Gavison. In the Israeli context, the relevance of the American model is limited.