Who said that Israel is not a complicated modern state—one that replicates the complexity of the contemporary Jewish world. On the heels of the proposal by the Chief Rabbinate in Israel to reject conversions of all kinds from abroad, the Israeli Supreme Court affirmed the right of inheritances for those whose intermarriages have taken place abroad, as reported in the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz.
Not only is this evidence of the vibrancy of the democracy in place in Israel and the role that the Supreme Court plays in issues relevant to personal status and the growing phenomenon of intermarriage even in the state of Israel, but it also shows that the Chief Rabbinate does not have a stranglehold on the government even when it appears to be so.
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