Monthly Archives: March 2016

Ministerial legislation committee approves law removing Reform from mikvah

The ministerial legislation committee on Sunday decided to order the coalition members to support a bill submitted by MK Moshe Gafni (UTJ) which revokes official Reform participation in state-run ritual baths in Israel. The Knesset’s first reading of the bill will likely be conducted this week. […]

2017-08-10T15:18:50+10:00March 14th, 2016|Past News|

Ultra-Orthodox rabbinic control ‘is eroding’ says Rabbi Eric Yoffie

Trump-like, Haredi rabbis are trying to distract their young people by non-stop attacks on others. That’s a compliment to Reform’s growing influence in Israel –and a sign of the Haredi leadership’s desperation says Rabbi Eric Yoffie. […]

2017-08-10T15:19:29+10:00March 13th, 2016|Past News|

Minister threatens to quit Government if Reform Jews aren’t weakened

Health Minister and United Torah Judaism Chair Yaakov Litzman threatened Friday that his faction of the party, Agudat Yisrael, would quit the coalition without legislation aimed at limiting the power of non-Orthodox movements in Israel and solidifying Orthodox Judaism’s dominance. Litzman and representatives of other ultra-Orthodox parties are expected to voice their demands to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday. […]

2017-08-10T14:01:47+10:00March 8th, 2016|Past News|

“Reform Jews are in for more humiliation at the Israeli Government’s hands”

Last Shabbat was a rare moment of Israeli bliss for the Reform movement’s Central Conference of American Rabbis. In Israel for their annual convention, they spent the weekend in Tel Aviv, being feted in synagogues, meeting local dignitaries and attending a special morning service at the city’s museum. Pumped by the feeling of suddenly being part of the Israeli consensus, some of them even ran the Tel Aviv marathon. […]

2017-08-10T15:19:58+10:00March 8th, 2016|Past News|

Shas Minister would rather ‘suffer death and not transgress’ on Reform Wall section

Religious Affairs Minister David Azoulay (Shas) who last year told Army Radio that Reform Jews are not really Jewish, on Thursday told an assembly of ultra and modern Orthodox Rabbis in northern Israel that he has no intention of approving the new rule sanctioning a separate portion of the Western Wall for Reform style mixed prayers, as long as the Council of Torah Sages does not order him to. […]

2017-08-10T15:23:17+10:00March 3rd, 2016|Past News|