It is illegal in Israel to offer blessings or curses to voters as part of an election campaign. What a country!
As much as we may want the Torah to play an influential role in Israel, this must be achieved in a consensual and respectful way, not by coercion.
“Even the ‘knit kippot’ today, as some know even in very large communities…they’re already borderline Reform,” Interior Minister Aryeh Deri said.
Deri, the Interior Minister and Shas party leader, linked a conversion bill to what he called the African “infiltrator problem.”
The government suspended plans to build a mixed-prayer section at the Western Wall due to Haredi political pressure — but things might be shifting.
A former head of the Shas Sephardic Orthodox party slammed the Israeli Cabinet’s approval to expand the egalitarian section of the Western Wall, joining several politicians who have ridiculed the deal and liberal movements of Judaism.
Shas party chairman Aryeh Deri was approved to serve as Israel’s interior minister more than two decades after resigning from the same position over corruption charges.
Israel’s religious services minister said that his remarks about Reform Jews were taken out of context, but he did not apologize for their nature.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected comments attributed to the country’s religious services minister in which he attacked Reform Judaism.
Israel’s religious services minister reportedly called Reform Jews “a disaster for the people of Israel.”