Thursday, February 19, 2009

Why Orthodox Jews Should Support Civil Marriage in Israel

Rabbi Seth Farber: "The real issue is the emigration of 350,000 individuals from the former Soviet Union who do not meet the rabbinate's criterion for marriage eligibility because they are not Jewish according to the Orthodox halacha [Jewish law]. Their inability to marry has created a moral and legal problem in Israel. Avigdor Leiberman [sic] is capitalizing on their suffering and has made the adoption of civil marriage statue a precondition to his joining a coalition in the new Israeli government." As Hitchens would say, religion poisons everything.