Monthly Archives: May 2013

Reforms to remove Israel’s rabbinate from Ultra-Orthodox grip

Religious Services Minister Naftali Bennett promotes reform that will streamline marriage process through ‘Tzohar Law.’

Naftali Bennett. Photo by Emil Salman

Bennett’s Religious Services Ministry takeover portends change

Religious Services Minister Naftali Bennett Sunday presented his reform to the marriage registration process by expanding catchment areas and canceling dozens of religious councils. Bennett and his deputy Eli Ben Dahan announced that they will be advancing the “Tzohar Law,” or an equivalent law which will cancel the regional division of marriage registration areas, which has been in use for decades. This step introduces competition between municipal rabbis and regional religious councils.


2017-08-10T17:35:26+10:00May 20th, 2013|Past News|

Support the move to “free the Wall”


Last Friday was a historic day at the Western Wall. It was the first test of Judge Sobel’s ruling allowing women to pray at the Western Wall in a manner they see fit without police harassment. Despite strong opposition the ruling held and hundreds of women prayed with their tallitot, tefillin, and in a strong full voice. The women who came out that day should be commended for their courage. (more…)

2017-08-10T17:35:54+10:00May 16th, 2013|Past News|

State, Religion and Women of the Wall – interview with MK Stav Shaffir

MK ShaffirOn March 11, first time MK (Member of the Knesset,) Stav Shaffir (27) from Ha’Avoda (labor) party, joined the Women of the Wall in prayer at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. With threats from several Orthodox groups, and attempts for arrests by the police, they welcomed the new “Rosh Chodesh.” This is what she wrote on her Facebook page that day:


2017-08-10T17:36:15+10:00May 16th, 2013|Past News|
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