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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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Religion and State in Israel - August 20, 2012

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

By Merav Michaeli
You no doubt think that this is a religious matter that has no bearing on you. But no. What constituted a real danger to public safety and hurt others' feelings was that the four women put on a tallit - the traditional Jewish prayer shawl - with black stripes. That is to say that what turned their praying into a criminal act was the fact that they used an item of clothing that is considered to be for men.

By Abby Caplin

By Bonnie Ras

Grass-roots campaign in Jerusalem reverses some haredi-imposed gender segregation and discrimination.

By Corinne Sauer
Corinne Sauer is the co-founder and director of the Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies, an economic policy think tank.

By Yair Eldan
The writer is a lecturer and faculty member at both the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and in the department of law at Ono Academic College.
If the rabbinical court judges feel they cannot do their jobs in light of this kind of interference, they should resign. I am certain we can find other rabbinic judges who would be happy to take their place.

Many Israeli rabbis are missing the point of Jewish marriage.
By Rabbi Aaron Leibowitz

By Barbara Sofer
As their husbands have refused to grant these women divorces, their lives have been put on hold for decades.

By Roni Shuv
The writer is the editor of the women's supplement of the Haredi magazine Bakehila.
If the Council for Higher Education wants to provide more higher education opportunities for Haredim, it should stop expecting them to adapt to secular surroundings

By Menachem Mautner
Prof. Menachem Mautner teaches in the law faculty of Tel Aviv University.
A critical approach to yeshiva funding … could create justification for a significant reduction in the budgets channeled to Haredi yeshivas for adults. This would require many Haredim to join the job market, and would be an important step in a proper ordering of relations between the state and the ultra-Orthodox community. It would also be an important normative statement on the part of the state.

By Isi Leibler
It is therefore the obligation of the Israeli government to set up a coordinating body with Jewish community leaders – particularly those outside of the United States – to provide guidance and assistance in this critical deteriorating arena of Diaspora Jewish life.

By Yoaz Hendel

Book Review: "Zot Briti" (This Is My Covenant: Conversion, Secularization, Civil Marriage) by Shimon Gershon Rosenberg (Shagar), edited by Amnon S. Dukov, Zohar Maor, Moshe S. Faloch, The Institute for the Advancement of Rabbi Shagar's Writings, 258 pages (in Hebrew)

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