KASHRUT SUPERVISION SO BAD ‘PUBLIC IS BEING MISLED,’ WATCHDOG REPORT SAYS

kashrut supervisors who “work” 27 hours a day, nepotistic allocation of work hours by local rabbinates and the hiring of close family members by senior local rabbinate officials are just some of the many deficiencies the State Comptroller’s report highlighted in its section on the state’s kashrut system.

The report said that parts of the kashrut supervision system are so bad that in some cases, such as in Jerusalem, it is likely that the public is being misled into thinking that businesses are kosher.

FOR FIRST TIME, RELIGIOUS GROUP CAMPAIGNS FOR CIVIL MARRIAGE IN ISRAEL

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.

MAKING KASHRUT KOSHER

The Supreme Court recently discussed a petition filed by two restaurant owners in Jerusalem who felt that they had been harassed by the local rabbinate. They had been fined by the rabbinate, ostensibly for violating the law prohibiting fraud in kashrut, after they had decided that they had had enough, stopped working with the rabbinate, but continued to present themselves as kosher.

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.

Valentine’s Day survey: Most Jewish Israelis support civil marriage and divorce

ERUSALEM (JTA) — A majority of Jewish Israelis support allowing civil marriage and divorce in Israel, according to a survey released for Valentine’s Day.

Some 72 percent of Jewish Israelis and 76 percent of Arab Israelis support the statement that “every resident [of Israel] has the right to get married in Israel with whomever he chooses, in whatever way he chooses, and according to his beliefs,” but at the same time, only 43 percent of the Arab-Israeli public support allowing civil marriage and divorce in Israel, according to the poll released Tuesday by Hiddush, an organization that promotes religious pluralism in Israel.

The First Grade Maze / Daniel Goldman

Choosing the right school for one’s children is a daunting choice, and especially so for a first child going into first grade. There is a combination of matching the school to the type of religious lifestyle we aspire to at home, the social environment that the school creates and of course the quality of education, both in terms of Jewish and general studies. All this under the assumption that each child has different strengths and weaknesses, that we want to match best to the focus of the school we choose.

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 […]

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.