A new survey released yesterday by Israel’s Central Bureau for Statistics shows that almost 20% of Israelis get married outside of Israel – many because they do not want to deal with israel’s haredi-controled state rabbis.
20% Of Israelis Marry Overseas, Most To Escape Israel’s Haredi-Controled State Rabbis
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
A new survey released yesterday by Israel’s Central Bureau for Statistics shows that almost 20% of Israelis get married outside of Israel, Israel Hayom reports – many because they do not want to deal with israel’s haredi-controled state rabbis.
In 2010, 47,855 couples were married by the state’s rabbis, but 9,262 couples left israel to marry abroad.
Approximately 47,500 couples who left Israel to marry abroad now live in Israel.
Many of these Israelis complain of harassment by the state’s rabbis and of the rabbis’ byzantine and uncaring bureaucracy. Others are blocked from marrying in Israel because one person in the couple is not halakhicly Jewish (not Jewish under Orthodox or haredi Jewish law).
40% of the couples who married abroad could have legally been married in Israel by the state’s rabbis. In approximately 33% of the couples who married abroad, one of the partners was not Jewish or was on file at the Interior Ministry as having an unspecified religion other than Orthodox or haredi Judaism.
The most popular country to get married for those leaving Israel to do so is reportedly the US – 22% of those who married abroad married there. 17% married on the island of Cyprus, and 17% chose to be married in Russia and other FSU countries. 15% married in the Czech Republic, 4% married in Canada and approximately 3% married in France, the U.K. or Australia.