Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and Peter Beinart face off in Tel Aviv (Jpost)

Jerusalem Post Daily Edition, December 7, 2015

It was the first night of Hanukka, and the “Great Debate” in Tel Aviv on Sunday between Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and Peter Beinart posed the basic question: What will ensure Israel’s commonwealth today, as what occurred more than 2,000 years ago when the Maccabees defeated the Hellenist Greeks? Up first, American Jewish author, political writer, and professor at CUNY, Peter Beinart, said that for Israel to survive, it must eschew the extreme religious nationalism that to some degree motivated the Maccabees.

“The Hanukka story is a very inspiring idea in our time because it’s a Zionist story,” The Crisis of Zionism author told a packed hall at the David Intercontinental Hotel at the Globes Israel Business Conference, hosted in conjunction with Tel Aviv International Salon and StandWithUs.

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