Israel: Jewish Identity To Be Determined By New Body Made Up Of Orthodox, Secular And Liberal Jewish Groups
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Israel’s Minister of Religious Services Naftali Bennett is establishing a Jewish Identity Administration, Bennett chose the IDF’s former chief rabbi, Brigadier-General (reserves) Zionist Orthodox Rabbi Avichai Ronsky, to head it and expected easy approval from the cabinet.
But Bennett, who is himself Zionist Orthodox, did not get it.
During the weekly cabinet meeting yesterday, Finance Minister Yair Lapid reportedly said that he wants to see representatives of non-Orthodox streams be part of that new body. Lapid originally wanted the wording changed to include “all streams” but agreed to a compromise wording of “all sectors of the people” after Education Minister Rabbi Shai Piron pointed out that “all streams” could be read to disenfranchise secular Israelis, Yeshiva World reported.
Piron’s compromise wording was reportedly accepted by the cabinet. For the first time, secular, Reform and Conservative representatives will fully participate in a state body responsible for defining Jewish identity – an area that had been previously under exclusive Orthodox and haredi control.