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In Israel, a Conservative Rabbi’s Arrest Reopens Religious Freedom Debate

posted on September 20, 2018

Religion News Service’s Yonat Shimron reports on the July arrest in Israel of Conservative Rabbi Dov Hayun, who was detained for three hours after being accused of performing an illegal marriage. Shimron writes, “Israel doesn’t recognize marriages performed by Conservative or Reform rabbis and in 2013, the Knesset passed a law prohibiting Jewish weddings not performed through the Chief Rabbinate, which hews strictly to Orthodox Jewish tradition.” She adds, “In the two months since his arrest, Hayun has become a kind of cause celebre for freedom of religion. Hundreds were expected to crowd his small synagogue, located behind a preschool on a major Mount Carmel thoroughfare, for Yom Kippur services.”

Read at Religion News Service