Jewish Political Brief June 4, 2013: Rabbis Uri Regev & Shlomo Riskin Discuss Religion-State Relations in Israel at AJC Global Forum



At AJC Global Forum, Rabbis Discuss Religion-State Relations in Israel

Source: AJC. 6-4-13

Two well-known Israeli rabbis, one Orthodox and one Reform, agreed before the 1500-strong audience at AJC’s Global Forum that the coercive powers of the Israeli chief rabbinate should be ended….

Reform Rabbi Uri Regev, who heads Hiddush, an organization that promotes religious pluralism, called for the “freedom of religion and conscience” guaranteed by Israel’s Declaration of Independence. Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, chief rabbi of the city of Efrat and director of the Ohr Torah Stone educational network, stated that Jewish law provides far greater leeway for pluralistic interpretations of Judaism than the current Orthodox establishment allows. Discussing “Synagogue and State: The Battle Over Religious Pluralism in Israel”….READ MORE

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