Liberman to government: Don't harm converts to Judaism from former Soviet Union

May 23, 2015 19:05

Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman on Saturday urged the new government not to abolish the the so-called “Tzohar Law,”  which abolished marriage registration districts and allows couples to register for marriage anywhere around the country.

The purpose of the law, which was named after the religious Zionist rabbinical organization that has sought to “bridge the gap between secular Israelis and religion,” is to allow couples to avoid unhelpful and overly bureaucratic local religious councils when registering for marriage, and approach more welcoming and helpful ones, in a jurisdiction outside of their place of residence.

The law was opposed by the ultra-Orthodox parties who were fearful that it would encroach on their monopoly of the Rabbinate. Those parties are now members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition.

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