The reality of Israel today is not easy to behold. Post-Zionist and other extremist currents are circulating in the public arena and threaten to engulf it. Social rifts and economic gaps are widening. There is a crisis of leadership, characterized by corruption, cynicism, a loss of direction and the evasion of responsibility. Religious extremism on the one hand, and an estrangement from Jewish tradition on the other, have led to polarization and miscommunication.