Art by Pepe Fainberg.
(photo credit: PEPE FAINBERG)
THIS PAST March, at a conference sponsored by the European Conference of Rabbis, a representative of Israel’s Ministry of Religious Services made a startling announcement. The Ministry, he said, is planning to create an international registry of Jews: All those who were married according to Orthodox halakha, and all those who can produce a certified Orthodox ketuba, he proclaimed, will have the opportunity to join the registry. Though light on details, the announcement implied that the data would be fed into the database without the permission of the couples.Apparently, the majority of the Jewish people – those not married by Orthodox rabbis – would be left out.