Despite those rulings, however, both ads have attracted tens of thousands of views online this week.
She said: "when I saw it, I remembered a meeting I held at a conversion base in the army and one of the soldiers in the process of converting who told me: 'If I am killed in the army I want to be buried next to my friends, and if I marry I want to marry like them.'
There are about 300,000 immigrants in Israel who live, serve, and work with us, who contribute to society and are forced to undergo tough conversion procedures despite the fact that Halakha allows otherwise."
Their claim that Yisrael Beiteinu is devising a hollow forgery of conversion is exactly the same claim that the Ashkenazi ultra-Orthodox used to lob at Shas.
“The chief rabbi of Israel, who is a signatory to every conversion certificate in the state of Israel, is allowing the party with which he identifies to belittle people who passed the state conversion system and people who are currently stuck in that system due to its intolerable bureaucracy,” Farber said in reference to Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar.
… The Talmud clearly requires only that we teach conversion candidates “some lenient and some strict commandments” prior to accepting them for conversion.
Rabbi David Stav, chairman of the national-religious rabbinical association Tzohar, announced Wednesday night, via a YouTube video, that he would be standing as a candidate for the position of chief rabbi of Israel.
That path, Stav said, "brings people closer," indicating the prospect of a rabbinate that is more welcoming and less alienating, especially for Israeli Jews who don't necessarily identify as religious.
It could, God forbid, spark a civil war," Deri said in an interview with Shas newsletter Yom Leyom.
For the past several years they have faithfully sent out periodic public letters inveighing against abortion, and last year wrote that they were acting "to encourage births in the Jewish nation and prevent unnecessary abortions."
Amar and Metzger even instructed the marriage departments in the local governments' religious councils to continue distributing Efrat's booklet, "For a Happy Marriage," due to "its great importance and necessity."
"The statement ‘Abortion is murder’ is not legitimate. I understand the motivation to fight against extreme liberalism, but a lack of balance is very dangerous to the social structure. A religious society is obligated to take things in a balanced way.
The Efrat association does not have this balance; there is no balance. Taking our Torah in the direction of Christian Catholic canon law is a terrible mistake.”
There are many hard-right politicians in Israel, but only one has hijacked an entire community to serve his desire to be a part of the leading elite - and that is why he should be opposed.
Had she been around today she’d likely be sharing the same jail cells as the Women of the Wall.
Their goal is, officially, to develop rabbinic leadership that is attentive to the needs of the entire Jewish community in Israel.
In fact, he said, secular Israelis should have the opportunity to attend the cinema on Shabbat, if they so wished.
“The theaters could sell tickets in advance,” he said, in order to avoid conductingcommerce on the Sabbath and work the movies by special timers so as to avoid desecrating the Sabbath.
An estimated 200 passengers enjoyed free service along three sponsored routes while Meretz brought the lack of public Shabbat transportation options in most places around the country into public consciousness.
"I was shocked. I couldn't believe this could happen in my country."
Those norms have shifted now, but some of them still remain. Gender segregation goes to the core of a discussion of what a Jewish and democratic state might look like. We need to realize that these aren’t new issues.
These are our principles. We will not be part of a government that will not enlist the Haredim and get them into the job market," Lapid told a news conference.
It's the first time I've witnessed the Knesset debating the very basics.
The struggle between the Haredim and the anticlerical minority is in full swing, and is likely to be decided during the term of the next Knesset, especially on the issue of yeshiva students, who are the backbone of the Jewish people throughout history. Maintaining that is our most cherished cause.
The municipality's 13 senior officials cost an average of NIS 32,400 monthly while the overall cost per employee averaged NIS 12,000.
In another ultra-Orthodox locality, Kiryat Ye'arim (Telz-Stone) with a population of just 3,500, the cost for town officials was NIS 35,000.
These include four distinct streams of self-described observance — secular, traditional, Orthodox, and ultra-Orthodox — and two types of self-described ethnic Jewish heritage — Ashkenazi and Sephardi/Mizrahi.
Each stream or heritage type forms a distinct bloc with its own voting patterns and trends. Indeed, in Israel, it’s not just religion, but religious observance and heritage, that help to define voters and parties.
The two largest school networks in the Haredi educational system – those affiliated with the Hasidic Agudat Yisrael party and the Shas party – received 100 percent of the funding provided to state schools, which are obligated to teach the core curriculum.
Ministry officials report that over the past decade the number of students attending chareidi mosdos elementary schools has skyrocketed. These schools enjoy state funding, but the children emerge “ignorant”, the daily Maariv reports, referring to “core subjects”.
Its authors - Lily Galili, who covered the great immigration as a correspondent for Haaretz for some 20 years, and Roman Bronfman, formerly the most prominent left-wing member of Knesset from the so-called Russian community - construct the story of this immigration around the axis of political goings-on.
The Israel Antiquities Authority and the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, which manages the site, said the damage to the tiles was 'total.'
“I’m all in favor of a debate on Israel’s policies and don’t think Jews in the Diaspora should blindly support it, but this has nothing to do with visiting Israel.”
Considering the starting point, when the parents and immigrants’ generation didn’t even know how to read and write, the achievements of the Ethiopians and their integration in Israel are something to be proud of.
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