Analysis: Religious choice at threat as haredi parties reassert control over Jewish life

The ongoing frustration and disillusionment of many Israeli citizens with the haredi- controlled religious establishment created a phenomenon in recent years that has seen various organizations and political actors attempting to decentralize its control over some of the most important aspects of religious life in the country.

So, for instance, a marriage registration service was established by the national-religious rabbinical association Tzohar to help people avoid the bureaucracy and obstructionism of many local rabbinates. Additionally, a law was passed last year to decentralize the Chief Rabbinate’s control over conversions by allowing municipal chief rabbis to establish their own conversion courts, allowing a more lenient, but still Orthodox, approach to conversion.


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