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  Iyar 15, 5767 , 03/05/07

NRP Opens Ranks to Masorti Population

The National Religious Party met on Thursday in Nechalim, near Petach Tikva. Members of the party's central assembly ratified a resolution to allow those who are not religious but keep many Jewish traditions, often known as Masortiim, to join the party. This is the first time that those who are not fully religious will be allowed to join the NRP, which was founded in 1902.

The party also decided to change its statement calling to preserve the religious character of Israel, switching the word “religious” to “Jewish.” Party leaders explained that while they still believe in the principle of “the people of Israel, according to the Torah of Israel, on behalf of the Land of Israel,” they will not create a “religion gauge” to judge potential members’ adherence to Jewish law, and instead will focus on increasing their impact on national politics.
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