These couples can still marry with a Tzohar Rabbi, the state just wont recognize it - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 09.11.11 | 02:38 (IST)

    Theoretically, everybody can still marry with a Tzohar Rabbi (or any other Rabbi he chooses). Any Rabbi can according to Jewish law marry couples at a ceremony in Israel before they go to ´sign the papers (required for the state recognition) in Cyprus. The argument that the couples, who wanted to marry with Tzohar, will now have to marry without a Rabbi is baseless. The isse seems rather the wish of Tzohar to get a 'piece of the cake' of the power the state gives to religious authorities in order to balance the Haredization of the Rabbanut during the last years. This seems to be an internal dati-leumi-Haredi struggle rather than a concern that these couples now cant marry religiously any more.

    from the article: Religious Services Ministry bans alternative wedding ceremonies performed by Tzohar rabbis
    First published 01:44 08.11.11 | Last updated 01:44 08.11.11
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