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Religion and State: Models around the World

Religion and State: Models around the World

Dr. Tomer Persico

Is the state prohibited from advancing any world view which promotes the meaning of life or to preach about how to achieve a better life? Does religion have a place in the education system? If so, how much of a place? Are religious characteristics in the public space emblematic of religious coercion or are they culturally vital? The Theologian and blogger, Dr. Tomer Parsiko takes a look at religion and state models from around the world, and how they are applied in Israel.

YES to the ring, NO to the Rabbinate

YES to the ring, NO to the Rabbinate

Emily Sarah Melzer

I know a rabbinate wedding is the easy choice for anyone living in Israel, but if we want to take back what’s ours, and stop these thugs from having a say in who we can or cannot love, there is only one way to show them that their reign of terror has come to an end. Emily Sarah Melzer and her personal wedding story.

Does the term “kosher” belong solely to the Rabbinate?

Does the term “kosher” belong solely to the Rabbinate?

Rickey Shapira-Rozenberg

Rickey Shapira-Rozenberg, a lawyer at IRAC (the Israel Religious Action Center), is representing the Jerusalem restaurants Carousela and Topolino in their legal fight to use private kashrut certification. In this column she discusses the points being brought before the Supreme Court.

Freedom Weddings- Rabbi Nardy Green

Freedom Weddings- Rabbi Nardy Green

Be Free desk

Beginning with his own non-rabbinate wedding, he has performed the weddings of hundreds of couples in the past few years, and calls on everyone to stop apologizing, to take their Jewish identities in their own hands, and for all young couples to create their weddings according to their beliefs and personal preferences. Meet Rabbi Nardi Green.

Rabbi Meir Azari - Freedom Weddings

Rabbi Meir Azari - Freedom Weddings

Be Free desk

Rabbi Azari, the Congregational Rabbi and Executive Director of Beit Daniel, the Reform Synagogue in Tel Aviv. We selected him as the first Rabbi in our series of the Rabbis performing weddings outside of the Rabbanut.

Rabbi Kalman (Chuck) Davidson- The Freedom Marriers

Rabbi Kalman (Chuck) Davidson- The Freedom Marriers

Be Free desk

"Don’t let anyone define Judaism!" says Rabbi Kalman (Chuck) Davidson is our very first Freedom Marrier!

"And According to the Judgment Which They Shall Tell Thee, Thou Shalt Do"

Rabbi Kalman (Chuck) Davidson

Chuck Davidson, an Orthodox Rabbi, comments on the recent public outcry against an extremely contentious article in the marriage and divorce law. The article in question stipulates that anyone who chooses to marry in an Orthodox Ceremony in Israel, but does not register the nuptials with the Chief Rabbinate, is liable to be punished with a two-year jail sentence.

Who is a Jew?

Who is a Jew?

Mickey Gitzin

We need to come to terms with the fact that there isn't - and will never be - one single accepted definition (of who is a Jew). Actually, we need to recognize that Judaism is a collection of groups and communities, with different rules and definitions, all of which see themselves as sheltered under the vast tent of the Jewish World.

Kassandra and Yaniv’s Wedding Story

Kassandra and Yaniv’s Wedding Story

Kassandra Grunewald

Kassandra MJ Elron writes about the alternative route she took towards getting married, avoiding the rabbinate, and having the wedding of her choice.

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