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

Qatar’s Unreported Donations to American Universities May Feed Campus Anti-Zionism

Feb. 25 2020

On February 12, the Department of Education announced that it suspects Harvard and Yale of failing to report millions of dollars received from China, Iran, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and elsewhere. The department has also accused several other schools of similar violations, and one professor has been arrested in the course of the investigation. Meanwhile, the Institute for the Study of Global Anti-Semitism and Policy has for years been researching Middle Eastern countries’ donations to American institutions of higher education, and believes there is a connection between these donations, especially those from Qatar, and campus anti-Semitism:

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More about: Anti-Semitism, Israel on campus, Qatar, University