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Kibbutz and Secular Haggadot Online

The past few years have been revolutionary in the access that people have to the thousands of haggadot that have been published over the centuries. First Hebrew Books published online a very large number of haggadot, and now I have become aware of a large collection of secular and kibbutz haggadah. The latter is a […]

New Book on Amram Blau and Neturei Karta

A few months ago I wrote a post about Amram Blau, Ruth Blau, and Neturei Karta, as a follow up to this post I’m happy to say that Prof. Kimmy Kaplan has just published an entire book on Amram Blau and Neturei Karta. A tweet by Elli Fischer has renewed discussion into the affair and […]

Laws Against Witchcraft in Israel

While listening to an episode of the always interesting podcast the Tel Aviv Review that addressed neo-paganism in Israel, I found out that performing witchcraft for benefit is against the law in Israel. The interviewee, Shai Feraro, pointed out that in the Israeli Penal Code par. 417 it is written (Hebrew): Witchcraft 417. (a) If […]

The Kotel Compromise: Good or Bad?

Much has been written and spoken about the “Kotel Compromise” both in favor and against. Two of the more interesting things that I heard were two interviews (Hebrew) with Israeli Orthodox women who have come down on different sides of the compromise, one in favor and one against. While the agreement is not without its […]

Is Israeli Ultra-Orthodoxy in Crisis?

Avishai Ben-Hayyim, a reporter for the Israeli TV Channel 10 who specializes in the religious community, has been broadcasting a series of reports this week about the Israeli ultra-Orthodox community called “The Ultra-Orthodox: The Dissolution.” According to Ben-Hayyim the foundations of the Israeli ultra-Orthodox world are undergoing an unprecedented shake up. These foundations are the […]

Parashat Hashavua in the Israeli Public Square

If you find yourself in downtown Jerusalem on a Wednesday night and you happen to hear about hundreds of people who are gathering in order to hear someone speak about parashat ha-shavua, the chances are that you are hearing about Sivan Rahav-Meir’s talk on Parashat Hashavua that takes place every Wednesday evening. Rahav-Meir wears many […]

Micah Goodman on Israeli Judaism 2.0

Micah Goodman has written an interesting series of articles (Hebrew) in Musaf Shabbat on the future of Judaism, Religious Zionism, and Jewish law in the State of Israel. (Parts I, II, III) Hopefully Micah will write at least a summary in English. Tomer Persico has written two posts (Hebrew) about the series. Below is an […]

The Latest on Conversion in Israel

The last week has seen a major development in the area of conversion in Israel. As has been reported, a new and independent religious court made up of national-religious rabbis has begun to convert minors outside of the framework of the Chief Rabbinate. I am not going to rehash the issues, you can read the […]

Conversion to Judaism in Israel May Have Forever Changed

Yair Ettinger reported on Twitter that a Beit Din (Religious Court) of prominent national-religious rabbis will begin to convert minors outside of the purview of the Chief Rabbinate. המרד תופס תאוצה: שלושה רבנים לא אלמונים החלו היום לגייר קטינים (בהסכמת הוריהם) באופן פרטי ובמסלול עוקף רבנות — Yair Ettinger (@YairEttinger) August 10, 2015 Srugim has […]

Shabbat Pamphlets Make the Evening News

In almost every Israeli synagogue you can find alonei shabbat, pamphlets or handouts on the weekly Torah portion. In the past few years things have gone beyond pamphlets that just discuss the parashah, and there are now available what amount to small magazines that targeted towards the religious public. See here (Hebrew) for a comprehensive […]

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