Guiding questions for Prayer of the Secular

Kobi Oz sees Rabbi Yochanan Ben Zakkai as something of a ‘Patron Saint’ of Pluralism. He is so pluralist, suggests Kobi, that he even has three names!

As such, this song offers a vision of pluralism in action. In the song/prayer’s minyan, the protagonist prays alongside those with whom he strongly disagrees and even dislikes.

Maybe this is another unexpected consequence of the lack of separation between Religion and State in Israel – not only does religion insert itself into politics, but politics also inserts itself into religion!

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