Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Religion and State in Israel - August 27, 2012

Religion and State in Israel

Editor – Joel Katz
Religion and State in Israel is not affiliated with any organization or movement.

By Allison Kaplan Sommer

By Anat Hoffman

… The wearing of tallit allows one to enclose oneself in a personal prayer space even as one joins a minyan of Jews to pray communally. It is a tool, an aid. To argue over who can and can not wear it also seems to be a form of idolatry. Why is a rabbi questioning - not to mention judging - the use of something that obviously deepens the prayer and strengthens the relationship these Jews have with the One to whom we all pray?
Bakol Ruben Gellar

By Talia Kaplan

By Anat Hoffman

By Elyse Goldstein
We accept small victories, because we know the road is long and hard, and we know how much we worked just for this “bone” from a religious ministry that often spews venom and places all manner of obstacles when it comes to their fellow, non-Orthodox Jews.

By Anshel Pfeffer
… given the Supreme Court's ruling against exemptions from military service, the expiration of the Tal Law governing those exemptions, and the global recession, it will be a lot harder, almost impossible, for the ultra-Orthodox community to secure a political and economic umbrella for a system that allows an entire generation of young men to sit and study.
The yeshiva students will cease to be a statistic, and will have to undergo another reckoning of their own.

Interview with Rabbi Dov Lipman

Impoverished Haredi neighborhoods, combined with high drop-out rates, create just the right conditions for attacks like the lynch in Jerusalem, one social worker suggests.

See also: Tzohar booklet (Hebrew) and Tzohar Facebook app:

By Rabbi Ross Singer

By Daniel Gordis

By Johanna Kaplan
Would a life in Israel rather than the American lives we embraced have been more likely to make us—oh, say the foolish word—“happy”?  Is that really the question?  Was it ever?

By Michael C. Kotzin
What is needed, I would posit, is the development and advancement of a Zionism for our times, a Zionism that is at once authentic, honest, and contemporary.

By Matt Abelson
After a year of study in Israel and considerable introspection, an American rabbinical student has come to the view that, although one must be open to the thoughts and opinions of one's peers, it is necessary to express and defend one's own convictions

See also here, here, here, here and here.

Why are some of Israel’s richest men so close to some of the country’s most charismatic rabbis?
Why do they ask rabbis for business advice and why have they donated tens of millions of shekels to the rabbis’ religious institutions? And whose money is this, anyway?

Lopatin originally had been slated to leave Chicago two years ago and immigrate to Israel, where he was to lead a new community in the Negev Desert comprised in part of new immigrants from his congregation. But those plans were canceled when Lopatin's young daughter Cara became seriously ill and the family decided to stay in the United States to avoid disrupting her treatment.

This summer, large numbers of ultra-Orthodox families have taken to the trails up north and are enjoying the accommodations and recreational activities suited to their lifestyle that have sprung up around the country.

Editor – Joel Katz
Religion and State in Israel is not affiliated with any organization or movement.
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