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Are Israel's kashrut, conversion reforms moving forward?

While the State of Israel in 2022 may not yet be fully redeemed, these words do provide a certain sense of optimism and renewal. 

Kahana attacked by senior Orthodox American rabbis

“We wrote the letter not as an attack but as a policy disagreement and a concern about the law as written," said OU vice president Rabbi Moshe Hauer.

06/04/2022

Religious services minister visits Colleyville, other Jewish communities to garner support

I sincerely hope and want that every Jew, wherever they may be in Israel or around the world will strongly identify with their nation-state," said Religious Affairs minister Matan Kahana.

25/03/2022

Save a practicing Jewish family from being deported to Pakistan - opinion

This family has lived only as a Jewish family, including celebrating Shabbat and all Jewish festivals. The children have been raised Jewish. They want to make aliyah.

By JOAN , DON SHRENSKY
06/03/2022

Orthodox Jewish umbrella org. opposes conversion reform, Kotel deal

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett listened attentively to the words of the representatives of the organizations and agreed to continue the dialogue on the various issues.

23/02/2022

Israel’s never-ending ‘Who Is a Jew?’ saga - opinion

The “Who is a Jew” issue waxes and wanes as a communal priority; at the moment it appears to be waning.

By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL / JTA
21/02/2022
RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS Minister Matan Kahana address the Knesset plenum last month.

Controversial conversion reform advances in Knesset

The goal of the legislation is to make the conversion more accessible and welcoming.

20/02/2022

Religion state reforms will strengthen halacha - opinion

Modifications to kashrut and conversion systems represent a key opportunity to address critical issues in Jewish practice that demand change.

By KENNETH BRANDER
12/02/2022

Basketball player who converted to Judaism with a Conservative rabbi denied Israeli citizenship

Rabbi Michael Beals who supervised Armstrong’s conversion called the decision by Israel’s government “racist” as Armstrong is Black.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
10/02/2022

Top British Jewry group tells Smotrich to leave Europe, calls him 'disgrace'

In a tweet, in Hebrew, the Board of Deputies said that it rejected Smotrich’s “disgusting ideology that promotes hatred.”

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