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  1. The solution for this is to take the institition of marriage out of the hands of rabbis entirely, and allow everyone living in Israel to have a civil marriage (not a civil union). If the happy couple wants a religious ceremony in addition, fine. What you have now is absolute idiocy, where an American Jewish couple wishing to get married in Israel has to jump through hoops, some higher than the new One World Trade Center building. Show me your grandmother's Judischebluteskeiterklarung (the Jewish analogue of the Third Reich's Deutschsbluteskeiterklarung, or Certificate of Aryan Birth)! Doesn't have one (there is no such thing in the USA)? She's not buried in a Jewish cemetery? Well, then, according to the haredi mullahs who are in charge, she's not Jewish, and for a "small" fee, you're gonna have to be converted. Moreover, if we ever catch you eating a shrimp, or driving on Shabbot, we're gonna revoke that certificate faster than cholent goes through a goose!

    As far as the excreable Gafni goes, I personally want five minutes with him in a steel cage match.

    Comment by Dan Silagi — October 29, 2013 @ 12:13 PM

  2. My thoughts too. This subject has been on my mind over the last few days and then here it is. How can a man, even a good Rabbi, know if I am Jewish enough to get married, or in my case it would have to be remarried, in Israel. Why should I have to convert to what really would be someone else's opinion of Jewishness.

    Comment by Chaim Simpson — October 29, 2013 @ 2:14 PM

  3. What would have happened to Ruth with these standards today?

    Comment by Lynn La Belle Barnum — October 29, 2013 @ 4:09 PM

  4. Commenting on the recent feud over the hit on the Jewish Haredim, Dr Uzo writes……The Haredim is an ancient landmark. Those who want it out of the way should call for open discussion on attendant misgivings not on abrogation. Some children of Jacob need to be reminded of their global status……

    Comment by Onyekachi Uzoamaka — October 29, 2013 @ 4:58 PM

  5. Ruth would still have gotten married

    Comment by Onyekachi Uzoamaka — October 29, 2013 @ 5:00 PM

  6. What do you call someone else's opinion of Jewishness?

    Comment by Onyekachi Uzoamaka — October 29, 2013 @ 5:03 PM

  7. Moving into the 21st Century is in the interests of everyone. When people want to commit to one another why must they prove centuries of observant orthodoxy. Many nations adopt civil and religious ceremonies, however the civil ceremony is upheld by the National Law and thus divorce must be executed in a fare and proper manner. Might do away with those men that force theirs wives to resort to Get!

    Comment by Vivienne Leijonhufvud — October 29, 2013 @ 5:32 PM

  8. my opinion of Jewishness, "to love the Lord thy G-d with all thy heart, mind and soul and your neighbour as oneselves."

    Comment by Sientje Seinen — October 30, 2013 @ 4:38 AM

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