The Long Arm of Israeli (Rabbinic) Law

American and Israeli Orthodox and Conservative Jews protest outside the Chief Rabbinate offices in Jerusalem, against the Rabbinate's disqualification of American rabbis' conversions, on July 6, 2016. The protest was held in response to the Israeli Chief Rabbinate's rejection of an American woman's conversion approved by well known American Rabbi Heskel Lookstein, the Yeshuron Community Rabbi in New York and senior Orthodox Rabbi in the United States. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90

Is the “Rabbinic Courts Bill (Marriage and Divorce)” as risible as its critics make it seem? After all, it is meant to ameliorate the terrible suffering of thousands of women. If it can do that, doesn’t it perhaps justify a little expansion of Israeli Rabbinic authority? What’s a little international Rabbinic hegemony among Jews?

This is a segment from The “Age of Uncertainty” Edition.


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