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Three Weddings and a Statement

When you hear the word "wedding" the first image that comes to mind is usually that of a young couple in love setting off to build a life together. In Israel, the couple and their families join under the huppah, with an Orthodox rabbi (often a stranger) officiating. They perform a ceremony of purchase of the bride. The woman does not get to say a word, give her partner a ring, or take an equal part in the ceremony. In Israel, this is the only legal way for a Jew to marry - through the ultra-Orthodox Rabbinate. What if [...]

2017-11-07T15:36:58+00:00 November 7th, 2017|News|

All hail the chief

Last Thursday, the Honorable Esther Hayut was sworn in as the new Chief Justice of Israel’s Supreme Court. The Supreme Court is one of Israel’s most important mechanisms for change. IRAC lawyers visit the Supreme Court almost weekly, and it is where we have had some of our most important victories. We want to use the occasion of a new Chief Justice to explain to you how the Supreme Court in Israel works. The Israeli Supreme Court is made up of 15 justices. Eleven of the justices are men and four are women. One is Arab. Judges are appointed [...]

2017-11-01T19:12:35+00:00 November 1st, 2017|News|

Breaking News: Bentzi Gopstein Arrested!

We are all familiar with the picture of people marching down the street dressed in their uniform, shouting threats, spreading hate, and commiting acts of violence. This picture fills us with feelings of fear and helplessness. It is happening in front of our very eyes and we feel like we can't do anything. But we at IRAC are doing something about it on our own streets in Jerusalem. For the past 9 years, we have been monitoring Lehava. Lehava, literally meaning flame, is one of the most dangerous organizations in Israel. They operate under the premise of preventing assimilation [...]

2017-10-24T19:33:49+00:00 October 24th, 2017|News|

IMPJ Presidents Message

Dear Friends, This week we are reading Parashat “Lech Lecha”, which begins with Abraham’s journey to the Land of Israel and the beginning of the formation of the Hebrew nation. The formative verse “'Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto the land that I will show thee” signifies the initial and unbreakable connection between the first Jewish mission and the territory that was designated for it. However, if we look at the verse from a different direction, we will find that it actually reminds us of that the Land [...]

2017-10-24T16:32:25+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|News|
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