this afternoon (sunday 13th), 12.06-12.59pm, on bbc world service radio (repeated from 7.06pm saturday)
marriage in israel (3rd of 4 episodes in the heart and soul gathering series) (discussion programme, chaired by tim franks)
with panel …
• rabbi yitzchok elefant, chief rabbi of dimona
• dr susan weiss founder of centre for women’s justice
• dr elana heideman, executive director of israel forever foundation
• rabbi chuck davidson
and contributions from …
• kylie eisman-lifschitz of agunah organisation mavoi satum
• agunah ella ben-emanuel
• stephanie kramer, convert at age 3
“Should the Rabbinate should be stripped of its monopoly, or do the current rules protect the identity and values of the Jewish faith?
Many young Jewish people living in Israel feel religion has too big an influence over their private lives. Numerous aspects of life are governed by a council made up of orthodox rabbis called the Rabbinate. They decide who is and isn’t Jewish and by extension who can and can’t marry.
Supporters of the organisation say this helps preserve Jewish identity.
Critics say it means thousands of people who are not deemed ‘Jewish enough’ can’t marry each other, forcing couples to leave the country to have a ceremony that will be recognised by the authorities when they return home.
The religious monopoly on marriage also means Jews cannot marry non-Jews and as the council of orthodox rabbis rule on divorce for every married couple in Israel, many say this disadvantages women.”
(if you missed it, available at https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/w3csxhlf)