How Israel’s missing constitution deepens divisions between Jews and with Arabs

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(The Conversation) — Renewed fighting has erupted again between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas, endangering a ceasefire instituted after an 11-day war in May. The conflict in Gaza is an early test of Israel’s new coalition government. Recently, parties across the political spectrum united to remove Israel’s scandal-plagued prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu from power, … Read more

Will Naftali Bennett’s diverse coalition lead Israel to recognize Jewish diversity?

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JERUSALEM (RNS) — For most of the past 12 years, Benjamin Netanyahu’s governing coalitions depended on the highly leveraged participation of small Haredi, or ultra-Orthodox, political parties, who helped keep Israel’s longest-serving prime minister in power as long as he resisted reforms that would promote religious pluralism and provide legitimacy to non-Orthodox Jews.    Now … Read more

Faith groups among those granted money from billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott

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(RNS) — A number of faith-based groups were among the nearly 300 recipients of $2.7 billion in grants announced Tuesday (June 15) by billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott to organizations addressing a range of social issues. Scott, who was formerly married to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, wrote in a Medium post that she and her husband, … Read more

NY Holocaust survivors celebrated at concert after isolation

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NEW YORK (AP) — Dozens of Holocaust survivors clapped, sang and danced Monday at a concert held in their honor in Brooklyn in the first large gathering for New York-area survivors after months of isolation during the coronavirus pandemic. The concert by popular Orthodox Jewish singer Yaakov Shwekey was organized by the Nachas Health and … Read more

EXPLAINER: What will change under Israel’s new government?

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JERUSALEM (AP) — If all goes according to plan, Israel will swear in a new government on Sunday, ending Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s record 12-year rule and a political crisis that inflicted four elections on the country in less than two years. The next government, which will be led by the ultranationalist Naftali Bennett, has … Read more

EXPLAINER: Who is Naftali Bennett, Israel’s new leader?

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JERUSALEM (AP) — Naftali Bennett, who was sworn in Sunday as Israel’s new prime minister, embodies many of the contradictions that define the 73-year-old nation. He’s a religious Jew who made millions in the mostly secular hi-tech sector; a champion of the settlement movement who lives in a Tel Aviv suburb, and a former ally … Read more

Mixed city of Arabs and Jews remains on edge after violence

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LOD, Israel (AP) — Israeli security forces guard the streets of Lod, weeks after rioters torched patrol cars, synagogues and homes. Attackers who killed an Arab and a Jewish resident are still at large. And a mayor whom some blame for setting the stage for some of the worst domestic unrest in Israeli history remains … Read more

‘Unchain your wife’: the Orthodox women shining a light on ‘get’ refusal

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On Route 59 in Monsey, New York, an Orthodox Jewish enclave in upstate New York, there is a large billboard that says in big block letters: “Dovid Wasserman. Give your wife a get!” A “get” is a document Orthodox Jewish men give their wives as the couple is divorcing; it seals the divorce according to … Read more