How Israel tramples on the stranger
Within a generation, half of all Israelis will marry outside the Rabbinate - a monopolistic religious industry that has forgotten the authentic Jewish values of respect for the outsider and for human rights.
The festival of Shavuot raises questions about conversion, marriage, divorce and family reunification. These issues are not simply theoretical, but take real, institutional form in Israel, thanks to the established Orthodox religious hierarchy here: Religious industries, vast enterprises that reap revenues of millions of shekels annually. The religious establishment looks after its own...
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