The Masorti Foundation for Conservative Judaism in Israel

News from the week of November 14, 2016

The Western Wall Agreement
The Kotel agreement challenge remained on the Knesset’s agenda. Prime Minister Netanyahu once again confirmed his commitment to the leadership of North American Jewry that the compromise agreement would be implemented. He spoke, however, of the difficulty involved, comparing it to the challenges of the gas agreement. In Jerusalem, a motion of No-Confidence was submitted by an MK from the Zionist Camp followed by a motion from a Likud Minister on behalf of the government. So the struggle continues…

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The “Muezzin” Bill
The Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved a bill from MK members from the Jewish Home and Israel Beiteinu parties prohibiting the use of public address systems from houses of worship, garnering it the nickname, The “Muezzin” Bill, since it targets the minarets in mosques from which the Muslim call to prayer is broadcast. The bill has thus raised considerable controversy and consternation from many quarters.

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GETS…some good news!
The State Attorney’s Office will consider prosecuting recalcitrant husbands who refuse to provide a get (Jewish writ of divorce) despite being obligated to do so by rabbinical courts. This decision is a small step on behalf of women who have been refused a divorce and are therefore unable to remarry. It’s a powerful reminder of the need to address the root problem of women’s status and freedom.

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