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

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

Source: AJC. 6-4-13

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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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Israel Brief April 4, 2013: Western Wall rabbi says women will not be arrested for praying at Kotel

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Western Wall rabbi says women will not be arrested for praying at Kotel

Source: Haaretz, 4-4-13

The rabbi assured the agency chairman, Natan Sharansky, that despite a recent warning by Jerusalem police, women would not be arrested for saying the mourner’s prayer at the wall….READ MORE

Israel Brief February 11, 2013: Pope Benedict XVI stepping down, praised by Israeli Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger for Jewish-Israel outreach

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Pope Benedict stepping down, praised by Israeli chief rabbi for outreach

Source: JTA, 2-11-13

Pope Benedict XVI said he is stepping down, citing his “advanced age” and, apparently, failing health….

A spokesman for Israeli Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger wished the pope well and said relations between Israel and the Holy See had become the best ever during Benedict’s papacy….READ MORE

Israel Brief December 25, 2012: Haifa rabbinate forbids New Year’s Eve parties

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Haifa rabbinate forbids New Year’s Eve parties

Source: JTA, 12-25-12

The Haifa rabbinate has warned local hotels and event halls that they could lose their kashrut supervision if they hold New Year’s Eve parties on their premises….READ MORE

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