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Chipping Away At Chief Rabbinate In The Courts

Progress cited on religious pluralism in Israel, but will non-Orthodox gains stick?

04/06/2016 - 08:56
Contributing Editor

Jerusalem — While no one would call Israel a religiously pluralistic country, with its Orthodox control of the Chief Rabbinate, momentum in that direction seems to be building.  

Greater access to worship space at the Western Wall. Getty IMages

Video Of West Bank Shooting Roiling Israel

Arrest of soldier who shot incapacitated terror suspect sparks protests, petitions and political split.

03/29/2016 - 18:38
Contributing Editor

Beit Shemesh, Israel — “Better a dead terrorist than a soldier dead!” shouted Amalia Bochbot through a megaphone at a demonstration at the entrance of this Israeli city.

A solidarity rally in Beit Shemesh on behalf of the Israeli soldier at the center of the controversial shooting. joshua Mitnick

‘It Takes Away The Entire Beauty Of The Commandment’

At Israel’s mikvahs, women claim verbal abuse and unwanted touching.

03/29/2016 - 15:47

Jerusalem — Without warning, the ritual bath attendant pulled off Naava Shafner’s towel. She was standing, naked, in front of a woman she didn’t know. Then the attendant began interrogating her.

Activists protesting for mikvah reform earlier this month in Jerusalem. Michal Smith Hazan

Why 3 Videos Of A West Bank Shooting Are Roiling Israel

03/29/2016 - 11:35

Tel Aviv — It began as an all-too-common story: A Palestinian assailant in the contested West Bank city of Hebron stabs and wounds an Israeli soldier. Israeli forces shoot him dead.

Israeli soldiers removing the body a Palestinian man who stabbed a soldier in the West Bank city of Hebron, March 24, 2016. JTA

Poll: 75% Of Israelis Want Divorce Out Of Rabbinate’s Hands

03/25/2016 - 11:22

Three quarters of respondents in a survey about divorce in Israel said they supported taking the procedure out of the rabbinate’s hands and subjecting it to the authority of secular family courts.

Women protest outside the Justice ministry in Jerusalem, regarding women bound in marriage by husband who refuses a divorce. JTA

A Warrior For Israel, Taking Risks To The End

Legendary spymaster Meir Dagan countered Bibi on Iran.

03/22/2016 - 16:25
Contributing Editor

Meir Dagan, Israel’s top spy during much of the most important intelligence-gathering on Iran’s nuclear program, was buried on Sunday; he died last Thursday after a four-year battle with liver cancer.

In an age of image consultants, Meir Dagan just jumped in and spoke his mind. Getty Images

Istanbul Bomber Targeted Israeli Tour Group, Turkish Media Report

03/21/2016 - 11:54

Jerusalem — The suspected suicide bomber who killed three Israelis and one Iranian in Istanbul followed an Israeli tour group to a restaurant and detonated himself there, according to Turkish media reports.

Emergency services inspecting the area following a suicide bombing in central Istanbul, Turkey, March 19, 2016. JTA

Final Group Of Jews From Yemen Airlifted To Israel In Secret Mission

03/21/2016 - 11:48

Jerusalem — A group of the last remaining Jews from Yemen arrived in Israel in a secret operation coordinated by the Jewish Agency for Israel.

The final group of Jewish immigrants from Yemen arriving in Israel, March 20, 2016. JTA

In Alleged Arson Attack, Second Palestinian Home In Duma Village Set Alight

03/20/2016 - 11:06

Arson is suspected in an alleged firebomb attack on a house in the West Bank Palestinian village Duma.

Arson is suspected in an alleged firebomb attack on a house in the West Bank Palestinian village Duma.  JTA

Israelis Killed And Injured In Istanbul Blast Return Home

03/20/2016 - 10:43

Two Magen David Adom planes brought five Israelis injured in a suicide bomb attack in Istanbul back to Israel.

Emergency services inspecting the area following a suicide bombing in Istanbul's city center on March 19, 2016. JTA
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