Why Israel’s Official Rabbinate Should Relinquish Some of Its Power

According to an Israeli law passed in 2013, rabbis like Elli Fischer who perform halakhic marriages outside the purview of the chief rabbinate can be punished with up to two years in prison. But unlike other religious critics of the institution—which comprises not just the two chief rabbis but an entire network of local rabbis, religious courts, and kashrut supervisors, along with a bureaucratic apparatus for performing marriages and conversions—Fischer believes that it cannot be reformed but must be fundamentally changed so as to limit its power:

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More about: Israel & Zionism, Israeli Chief Rabbinate, Israeli politics, Israeli society, Judaism in Israel, Religion and politics

 

With Its Threats against Israel, the EU Undermines International Law

The office of the European Union’s president, along with several member states, have made clear that they will consider taking punitive actions against Jerusalem should it go through with plans to extend its sovereignty over parts of the West Bank. In the assessment of EU diplomats, Israel has no legitimate claims to land outside the 1949 armistice lines—the so-called “1967 lines”—and any attempt to act as if it does violates the Fourth Geneva Convention. But, to David Wurmser, this entire argument is based on a poor reading of the law:

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More about: European Union, International Law, West Bank