Religion and State in Israel – September 13, 2010 (Section 2)

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Religion and State in Israel

September 13, 2010 (Section 2) (see also Section 1)

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Editor – Joel Katz

Religion and State in Israel is not affiliated with any organization or movement.

Haaretz Cartoon by Amos Biderman September 6, 2010

“Winter, Jews, Winter”

Shas Interior Minister: Daylight Saving debate scapegoats religious Jews

By Dana Weiler-Polak and Jack Khoury September 12, 2010

Interior Minister Eli Yishai told Army Radio on Sunday that a public debate over daylight saving is unfair, as it targets the Israeli religious public.

Earlier this year, more than 220,000 people signed a petition calling on their fellow Israelis to ignore the time change until the European Union moves to standard time on the last Sunday in October.

Summer is over

Haaretz Editorial September 12, 2010

[Shas Interior Minister Yishai] can make his mark if he introduces a government bill in the Knesset that would set daylight time for the same period as in Europe – from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October.

Shas would thus prove that it doesn’t aim to impose its will on the secular majority, but rather looks after the Israeli public as a whole.

A new spat in Israel: What time is it?

By Matti Friedman, AP September 12, 2010

On Sunday, a popular program on Army Radio interviewed Roni Hefetz, who said his venture capital firm unilaterally decided not to move back the clock. For the host it was 9:20 a.m.; Hefetz insisted it was actually 10:20 a.m.

“Didn’t you start your program an hour late?” Hefetz joked.

“We are continuing to behave as if the clock never changed,” Hefetz said, though he admitted that in deference to the official time he had not dropped his children off at school an hour early.

Haaretz Cartoon by Eran Wolkowski – September 12, 2010

“Getting ready?” “I get to sleep another hour”

By Noah Kosharek and Chaim Levinson September 7, 2010

A local political party in Givatayim is calling on the city to set its own daylight saving period, regardless of the rest of the country.

Politicians fight over setting the clock back

By Rebecca Anna Stoil and JPost staff September 6, 2010

Science and Technology Minister Daniel Hershkovitz (Habayit Hayehudi) denied that the clockchanging fight had any connection to friction between religious and secular Jews.

“The early transition to the winter clock does not help religious or traditional people, and I do not see any reason not to leave daylight savings time and to create savings in the economy,” he said.

Let it stay light

JPost Editorial September 6, 2010

What religious value is there in “saving” an irreligious Jew by shortening Shabbat, thus making it less likely that he will desecrate the holy day of rest?

Isn’t this gain more than canceled out by the negative impression supposed representatives of Judaism make on their irreligious brothers by coercing them into cutting short the many benefits of daylight savings? A groundswell of public opinion is building against our too-short daylight savings.

Eli Yishai weighs suspending daylight saving for Yom Kippur – then backs down

By Yair Ettinger September 6, 2010

The religious parties in Israel have generally opposed daylight saving time, which the country has instituted on and off since 1948.

In 1976 the National Religious Party’s Yosef Burg said “summer time” could cause people to violate Shabbat because movie theaters and buses might start operating before the Sabbath ended.

Rescuing Brooklyn Jews from Daylight Savings Time

By Nehemia Shtrasler Opinion September 6, 2010

My heart goes out to the Jews of Brooklyn, London, Paris and Antwerp. How do they manage to suffer the fast, which ends very late because of the long days of the daylight saving clock?

And how can they face up to this challenge without the assistance of the genius rabbis Eli Yishai and David Azoulay?

Israeli in custody for stabbing Ukrainian man in Uman

By Ben Hartman September 11, 2010

An Israeli citizen was in police custody on Saturday in Uman, Ukraine after he reportedly stabbed a Ukrainian citizen in the Jewish quarter of the city Friday night.

Uman: Riot erupts between pilgrims and Ukranian police

By Ben Hartman September 10, 2010

Hundreds of Jewish pilgrims rioted with police in the Ukrainian city of Uman Friday during a pilgrimage to the grave of a Jewish sage. Local police used dogs, violence, and pepper spray to disperse a crowd of about 500 Jewish pilgrims which had surrounded two Ukrainian men in a parked car they allegedly caught stealing from a residential building rented out by Jewish visitors.

50,000 Hasidim mark New Year in Ukraine

AP September 10, 2010

Tens of thousands of Hasidic Jews from around the world gathered in a small Ukrainian city Thursday to mark the Jewish New Year at the tomb of their spiritual leader – an apparent record for the annual all-male pilgrimage banned for decades by the Soviets.

‘Every facet of Judaism’ at gathering around Rabbi’s grave

By Ben Hartman September 8, 2010

On Monday, Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Yona Metzger said,

“They talk about moving the bones every year, but it never goes anywhere. Mainly because they [the Breslav hassidim] themselves are against it. He wanted people to come there, it’s what he told them.”

VIDEO: On their way to Uman

A video of Ben Gurion International Airport as thousands of people make their way to Uman for Rosh HaShanah

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Video by Yehuda Boltshauser & Yossi Bodenheim / Kuvien Images September 6, 2010

Sight unseen en route to rabbi’s tomb

By Akiva Novick September 7, 2010

Trips to visit the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov in the Ukrainian city of Uman have long become a phenomenon crossing all sectors, common among celebrities and the average Joe alike, but this year, those waiting to boards the flight to Ukraine were privy to an unusual sight – Hasidim in veils.

This year in Uman: Hasids don ‘veils’ en route to Rabbi Nachman’s tomb

By Zohar Blumenkrantz and Yair Ettinger September 7, 2010

This year the idea caught on that immodest sights may also be a threat outside the airplane – in the airport terminal, for example. So pilgrims are being encouraged to bring scarves along.

The leaflet notes that even if people laugh at someone wearing the scarf on his face, those covering their eyes “will be rewarded a thousand fold.”

Thousands leave on holiday pilgrimage to Uman

By Ron Friedman September 7, 2010

When asked about the ticket costs, [Transportation Minister Israel] Katz said that the best solution would be to have the rabbi’s remains brought to Israel and in that way, save the hassidim the expense of flying to Uman.

Now, It’s the Jewish Men Who Are Wearing Burqas

By Allison Kaplan Sommer Opinion September 7, 2010

This is clearly an innovative solution that need not be restricted to flights to the Ukraine. If extremely pious men can’t handle looking at women, let them take responsibility for themselves and cover their faces.

I propose it be adopted by any men who truly feel that they are unable control their lustful urges in a modern world that permits women to reveal their hair, legs, shoulders and even the occasional décolletage.

Those who feel uncomfortable walking down a city street can simply hang their lycra rag in front of their face. Veil the men, not the women. It’s the perfect solution.

The rise of blind Judaism

By Yoaz Hendel Opinion September 7, 2010

Those who close their eyes neutralize their faith’s connection to reality, and mostly its connection to the other parts of the Jewish people.

Living is easy with eyes closed

By Ezra Resnick Opinion September 10, 2010

There is something tragically poetic about the latest Haredi self-imposed restriction: menveiling their own eyes when traveling, so as not to see forbidden sights.

Black and white in color

By Yair Ettinger September 8, 2010

Why shouldn’t Israeli Haredim learn English and mathematics in their yeshivas, serve in the army, work for a living, and have picnics on Independence Day?

In Beit Shemesh, ultra-Orthodox Anglos and native-born liberal Haredim have decided to open their society to the real world.

Baruch Chait: Broadening the narrow bridge

By Nati Tucker September 6, 2010

[F]or 25 years Chait has been building bridges from the reclusive Haredi world to employment and general studies. He has carved out a niche in a community that fights tooth and nail against efforts to introduce nonreligious studies into its schools.

His yeshiva is one of the few in the Haredi world to combine religious studies with an advanced liberal arts curriculum. Maarava Machon Rubin takes pride in the fact that 99.9% of its graduates enter the real world with matriculation (bagrut) certificates.

Israel’s hi-tech future: Haredi women

By Oren Majar September 8, 2010

The obvious solution is that men who aren’t iluim (Talmud prodigies) should work. But without an academic education, how would they to find decent jobs?

Adina Bar Shalom (eldest daughter of Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef):

“I wanted them to have not only money from Haredi charitable organizations and Passover food baskets, but a salary that would let them earn a living year round,” she says.

Haredi crime and punishment

By Kobi Arieli Opinion September 12, 2010

Every time the haredim intervened in a dispute they should have had nothing to do with; every time they took things out of proportion, cooperated with their dangerous radicals, responded in a disproportional and illogical manner to incidents that could have easily been ignored – every time this happened, it prompted a much greater incident, which ended up hurting the haredim unfairly.

Simply put, this is called crime and punishment.

Haredi rioters indicted for threats, trespassing

By Shmulik Hadad September 6, 2010

“We will find you. We will come to your home. We will burn you. We will hurt you. We will exterminate you. Nazi, rebel, murderer, despicable person. We will take care of you and will kill you.”

These are just some of the threats hurled at a Barzilai Hospital security officer by haredim protesting the relocation of graves on the site, according to an indictment issued Monday against 11 of the rioters.

The Jews’ Jews

By Rabbi Avi Shafran Opinion September 7, 2010

The writer is director of public affairs for Agudath Israel of America

There is nothing wrong with making a case for multiple conversion standards in Israel, for a variety of public prayer service styles at the Western Wall, for denying a particular community the right to mold a government-supported school in its own image, or for the separation of religion and state in Israel. Differences of opinion are fine. But vilification isn’t. Name-calling is not an argument.

The synagogue industry

By Akiva Novick September 6, 2010

The Vizhnitz Hassidim seem to invest the greatest effort, and in recent weeks set up a giant prayer tent on the border of Bnei Brak and Ramat Gan, just east of Tel Aviv. The tent will accommodate 8,000 people.

Rosh Hashanah in Secular Kibbutzim

By Hillel Fendel September 12, 2010

The Ayelet HaShachar (Morning Star) outreach organization ran special Rosh HaShanah prayer services over the three-day holiday in 12 secular communities, some of which have not seen traditional services in decades.

Last week, at secular Kibbutz Beit Keshet in the Lower Galilee, the Sadovsky family – which has been living there for six years, courtesy of Ayelet HaShachar – announced that a synagogue had been dedicated in the kibbutz.

Shofar comes to Netanyahu this Rosh Hashana

By Herb Keinon September 12, 2010

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was a prisoner of his security detail over Rosh Hashana, unable to go to the nearby Great Synagogue in Jerusalem because of security considerations that would seriously have inconvenienced the other worshipers.

Leil Selichos at the Kotel – Elul 5770

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So many ways to say sorry in Jerusalem this month September 8, 2010

The High Holidays offer Jerusalem a chance to shine in an area not normally thought of as fertile for cultural phenomena: repentance.

Before the Jewish New Year and Yom Kippur descend upon the city, the ages-old Jewish liturgy of slichot, or repentant prayers, fill the air, their poetry as heartrending as the travails they aim to push away.

Safed’s 500-year-old Torah scroll

By Oshrat Nagar Levit September 7, 2010

Meir Karsenti, 80, a manager (gabbai) at the Abuhav Synagogue in Safed, was particularly excited last week as he geared up to take out what is thought to be the oldest Torah scroll in the world which can still actually be used.

Mezuzah thieves run wild

By Akiva Novick September 12, 2010

Crosses, newspaper pages, and empty plastic boxes – these are just some of the things the Chabad Youth’s “mezuzah patrol” has uncovered. Out of 15,000 mezuzot inspected ahead of Rosh Hashanah, only 38% were deemed fit for kissing.

A sustainable synagogue

By Ilana Teitelbaum September 8, 2010

A Jerusalem congregation plans to pray in a new, eco-friendly building, as part of a campaign to raise awareness about environmental issues in the Jewish community.

Survey: Most synagogues inaccessible to the disabled

By Melanie Lidman September 9, 2010

More than 60 percent of the nation’s synagogues are not accessible to people with disabilities, according to a survey by Access Israel, released to coincide with the holiday season.

Nine out of 10 synagogues have no way for the disabled to get on the elevated bima, where the Torah is read, the organization reported.

Religious, hurt and hopeful

By Zoheret Cohen September 12, 2010

Before Bat Melech was founded about 15 years ago, there was no organization in Israel that dealt expressly with religious and haredi women while taking into consideration the complex social implications abuse has in the sector. Therefore, many religious women had no options for breaking the cycle of violence in which they were consumed.

The Hakhel Festival of Jewish Learning

Israel’s Major Annual Event of Jewish Pluralistic Culture on September 26, 2010

Panim organizes and produces the Hakhel Festival of Jewish identity and Israeli culture held every year during Sukkot.

Since the first Hakhel in 1997, this happening of Jewish pluralistic culture has been bringing together people from Israel’s entire religious and political spectrum.

Situation grave for J’lem Ashkenazim

By Nir Hasson September 7, 2010

A severe shortage of gravesites in Jerusalem has forced some local burial societies to adopt high-density burial methods – which are not always looked on favorably by the families of the deceased.

At the breaking point

By Yakov Gunchel September 5, 2010

Jewish law as it was kept in Ethiopia, until the community’s emigration to the pot of destruction, was based on an oral tradition in its purest form.

Sons watched their fathers’ actions and held on to them, and girls walked in their mothers’ footsteps. Yakov Gunchel described the crisis of Ethiopian youth are restless due to their encounter between their unique Jewish culture and the rabbinic Judaism of Israel.

Christians unite in Israel for mass baptism

By DPA and Haaretz Service September 7, 2010

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1500 Christian pilgrims from 35 different countries participated in a mass baptism on Monday in the Jordan River. The religious ceremony was conducted at Yardenit, one of the sites along the Jordan where Jesus is supposed to have been baptized.

Protesters use helium balloons in fight against hotel

By Melanie Lidman September 6, 2010

Part of the plan, according to community organizers, is to evict the Armenians from the Saint Gregory Church and turn it into a community center or events hall. The church holds services once a week.

“Armenians have been here for more than 60 years, and we’re not giving up on our church,” said Father Koryoun, a priest who has been in Israel for 15 years.

Danon: Chief Rabbi permits building during Sukkot

By Rebecca Anna Stoil September 8, 2010

MK Danon told the Jerusalem Post that he had requested a special dispensation from Sephardic Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar clarifying that it was permissible to engage in building projects during the interim days of the festival.

During interim days of week-long festivals Sukkot and Passover, traditional Jews try to reduce their work burden as much as possible to increase the celebratory atmosphere.

Heart-Wrenching Holiday Pilgrimage to the Temple Mount

By Chana Ya’ar September 8, 2010

The family of Yitzchak and Talia Imas made a special pilgrimage up to the Temple Mount on Tuesday in lieu of the murdered couple, their parents, who traditionally made the trip on the eve of each holiday. Their father went up to the Mount every week.

Religion and State in Israel

September 13, 2010 (Section 2) (see also Section 1)

Editor – Joel Katz

Religion and State in Israel is not affiliated with any organization or movement.

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