By Rachel Levmore
How Israel’s New Coalition Agreement Affects the Rabbinate
Israeli Rabbinical Court Judges, in accordance with Orthodox tradition, are all men. These Judges wield enormous power, in accordance with Israeli civil law, granted to them by the Knesset. The law states that Israeli State Rabbinical Courts have sole jurisdiction in determining the fate of all of Israel’s residents who are Jewish or wish to…
How the Fast of Esther Became International Agunah Day
Image by Jeff Belmonte, via Wikimedia Commons They say that history repeats itself. They say that human nature never changes. They say that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. All these phrases which do or do not express common wisdoms do actually come together when examining the connection between Ta’anit Esther (the fast of…
Is ‘Gett’ a Realistic Portrayal of Israeli Divorce?
Viviane (Ronit Elkabetz), Carmel (Menashe Noy) and Shimon (Sasson Gabay) in GETT. Courtesy of Music Box Films At first glance the subtitle of siblings Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz’s new film “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem” seems odd. The film, after all, is about the divorce proceedings for Viviane (Ronit Elkabetz) and her husband (Simon…
Should the Government ‘Get’ Involved?
On a cold Saturday night in March 2007, the Jewish community of Silver Spring, Md., listened to a Jewish member of the Maryland legislature, Senator Jamie Raskin, explain why he had cast a deciding vote against a proposed “get law.” The bill, based on the precedent of an earlier New York law, would demand that…
Kissinger at 100: ‘If it were not for the accident of my birth, I would be antisemitic.’
Can Massachusetts really be as antisemitic as they say?
She was the most famous Jewish actress of all time — can we still say she was the greatest?
The far left and far right are equally antisemitic? A new study suggests otherwise
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Israeli drama film ‘Concerned Citizen’ tackles gentrification and race issues in Tel Aviv
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