Solving the specific jurisdictional issue, the court said that it could exercise its authority over matters normally given to the rabbinical courts, where the rabbinical courts failed to exercise its jurisdiction.
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Judge Yehezkel Eliyue: "Under these circumstances the rabbinic court lacks the authority to hear the petition, and in any case is not the proper forum to discuss it."
This new documentary, by Jonathan Lopatin and Paula Weiman-Kelman tells three stories of spiritual innovation, focusing on young Jews in Israel, Canada and the US.
These stories -- vibrant, quirky, moving -- are braided together, like the fringes of a tallit, to create an inspiring portrait of cutting-edge Judaism in the 21st century.
The call follows reports that ultra-Orthodox youth are being summoned for medical tests, including an examination of their testicles - which has outraged the community - and psychotechnical evaluations.
Without a broad-based “peoples’ army”, one of the institutional pillars of the Israeli state and Israeli society, Israel’s internal disunity will become increasingly pronounced, and efforts to solve its many problems, both external and internal, will become harder.
The prayer of thousands of people who came to the Western Wall from afar was disturbed by illegal demonstrations, provocation, and arrests that were meant as a show for the media.
“There is a cultural disconnect. Sometimes my Israeli friends are baffled by our concerns. We have some bridges to build between us.”
In Israel “a woman can be a fighter pilot but she can’t get a get,” or religious divorce, said Susan Weiss of the Center for Women’s Justice.
“We’re very progressive except in those areas where the state has ceded to religious authorities,” like on matters of marriage and divorce. Israel is now, Weiss said, “a partial theocracy.”
The 6,000 soldiers completed the Nativ educational course over the last eleven years and then chose to convert.
These include a secular woman, Ayelet Shaked, who has been placed in a prominent position to appeal to non-religious voters.
Moshe Zarfati, a former colonel in the air force and a hi-tech entrepreneur, is No. 2 on the party list, with businessman Reuven Agassi in at No. 3.
Zionism is about translating Jewish truths into action as much as it is about creating a safe and secure state. Zionists should be the first to call for change in Israel if its leadership fails in the Zionist imperative. This is best done by living here — by acting and ultimately voting!
“It has aspects of repentance—asking for mercy and hoping that God has forgiven us—that are found in the High Holidays.” In addition, she explains, “it has the mourning for Jerusalem found in Tisha B’Av and the return to Zion found in Yom Ha’atzma’ut [Israel’s Independence Day]. And it has the covenant and the giving of the Torah, which are found in Shavuot.”
I’ve been researching the results of tension between Jerusalem’s ultra-Orthodox and mainstream communities over the past three years for my documentary film “Battle for Jerusalem.”
Based on my experience, the non-ultra-Orthodox population is misrepresented by the secular protagonist in your article, “The Ultra-Holy City.”
While many secular people do feel they are fighting to keep their city democratic and religiously pluralistic, most are not radical provocateurs like the man profiled in your story.
They are just people–young parents, teachers, artists, small business owners –who are trying to make sure there’s a place in Israel’s capital city for their own families and for Israelis of all stripes to live as they wish.
Though it is not the site of Jesus’ baptism — the actual spot is near Jericho, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, and wasn’t easily accessible until a couple of years ago — Yardenit is the most popular place on the Jordan River for baptisms.
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