Expansion of electing body's size also likely to increase secular representation; vote highlights internal revolt within Habayit Hayehudi, as party leader Naftali Bennett struggles with ideological division.
At the Belzer wedding in Jerusalem, attended by thousands of people, the rabbi had a special dance not just with the bride, but with Rabbi Ovadia Yosef. Such warmth between ultra-Orthodox Ashkenazi and Sephardi rabbis is not an everyday occurrence.
Praise for Deputy Minister for Religious Affairs Eli Ben-Dahan by Reform and Conservative movements turns into condemnation after he clarifies that non-Orthodox Jews cannot use state-sponsored mikvehs for purpose of conversion.
The Belz Hasidic sect is one of the largest in the world. The groom is the admor's grandson, Shalom Roke'ach, who turned 18 a few weeks ago. The bride is Hannah Batya Penet, of a rank-and-file Belz family.
Avichai Rontzki, who is currently the rabbi of the Itamar settlement yeshiva, will be in charge of instilling 'Jewish values' in the Israeli public.
Analysis Bennett's Promise to 'Remove Politics From Religion' Holy Wars in Store for Bennett Over Reform of Israel's Rabbinate
The rabbinate will continue to control Jewish marriage after reforms presented by the religious services minister, but for the first time, competition will be introduced into the system.
Religious Services Minister Naftali Bennett promotes reform that will streamline marriage process through 'Tzohar Law.'
Some 30,000 took part in Jerusalem rally against military conscription of yeshiva students; eight demonstrators to be charged with assaulting police and disturbing the peace.
Some 30,000 take part in Jerusalem rally against military conscription of yeshiva students; protesters throw stones and a smoke grenade.
The Women of the Wall's struggle for access to the Kotel puts them at odds with the Conservative movement, which accepted a plan to pray in egalitarian services at Robinson's Arch - seen by many as a blueprint for compromise.