FOR FIRST TIME, RELIGIOUS GROUP CAMPAIGNS FOR CIVIL MARRIAGE IN ISRAEL /BYJEREMY SHARON

Civil marriage is one of the most encumbered issues in the Jewish state, but the religious-Zionist organization Ne’emenei Torah Va’Avodah began a campaign Sunday advocating for the introduction of such a possibility in Israel.

The group, which is on the liberal end of the religious-Zionist community, says it is the first time a religious organization has called for civil marriage, which is generally considered to be an anathema to religious communities and leaders.

The non-kosher conduct of kashrut supervisors

פורסם באתר ynet באנגלית. Complaints against the dubious activity of kashrut supervisors from Jerusalem’s Religious Council have led to dozens of testimonies from all across the country. These reports include threats, blackmail and nepotism, raising serious suspicions of criminal activity and tax offenses worth millions among kashrut supervisors and those in charge of them.   […]

The non-kosher conduct of kashrut supervisors

פורסם בynet באנגלית. Complaints against the dubious activity of kashrut supervisors from Jerusalem’s Religious Council have led to dozens of testimonies from all across the country. These reports include threats, blackmail and nepotism, raising serious suspicions of criminal activity and tax offenses worth millions among kashrut supervisors and those in charge of them. The biggest […]

Is the High Court the answer to issues of Religion and State in Israel?

In Israel, we talk about the status quo, which refers to the political understanding between religious and secular political parties not to alter the communal arrangement in relation to religious matters. However, in recent years, it has become increasingly apparent that when it comes to issues of religion and state – “this is one of […]

English Description/ Society as a Whole Modesty in a Mixed Society

  “Society as a Whole Modesty in a Mixed Society” Rabbi Yuval Cherlow and Ran Huri Including an Educational Program for Youth Leaders By Michal Efrati The debate regarding the gender make-up of Religious Zionist society has been a heated one for many years. The question of how we view society and how the value […]

Freedom, Authority, Responsibility / English Description

Eitza Laderech- Instilling Torah Va’avoda Values in Future Generations Freedom .Authority. Responsibility. Rabbinical Authority vs. Personal Responsibility in Religious Zionism Ben-David Rabby Yitzhak Including an Educational Program For youth leaders By Anat Shapira What is the relationship between the authority of the Poskim and the individual’s freedom? How should individuals cultivate their religious lives? How should they make […]

Kashrut standardization bill faces criticism by reformers

Bayit Yehudi Mk Batzalel Smotririch has proposed legislation to establish a unified standard for kashrut licensing across the country. His bill is scheduled for debate in the Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday.

The bill is supported by Chief Rabbis Yitzhak Yosef and David Lau. Opponents, however, argue that the draft legislation would increase the power of the Chief Rabbinate and perpetuate the current system’s conflicts of interest.

Appeal filed to suspend Holon chief rabbi

The Neemanei Torah Vaavoda lobbying group filed a petition to the High Court of Justice on Monday requesting an injunction to force the Religious Services Ministry to suspend Rabbi Avraham Yosef, the municipal chief rabbi of Holon, until the criminal proceedings against him on breach of trust charges is over.

A National Consensus Platform on Religion and State

Published on “Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals” (http://www.jewishideas.org) Rabbi Dr. Hadar Lipshits heads the public committee for Ne’emanei Torah Va’Avodah on Jewish religious service (2005). He is also a member of the committee on the subject of civics in the Ministry of Education. Dr. Lipshits, together with Rabbi Ilai Ofran, the rabbi of Kibbutz Yavne, […]