A disagreement over
funding for a rabbinical seminary is causing friction between Germany's
orthodox Jewish community and the government.
have pressed the government — so far unsuccessfully — to give their
facility the same funding it grants Germany's only other rabbinical
seminary, which is liberal.
Rabbi Josh Spinner of the orthodox
Rabbinical Seminary said Thursday the government should treat all
religious denominations equally. He says the dispute raises questions
about "what moral, historical and legal rights the German government has
to choose its Jews."
The German Interior Ministry says it already
supports the education of orthodox rabbis by providing an annual grant
to a Jewish studies center in Heidelberg. But that school doesn't ordain