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Jewish Press Radio: Snow! Vandalism on Mt. of Olives and Ultra-Orthodox IDF Soldiers

Moshe Herman
Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Yishai and Malkah talk about their excitement for snow in Israel, an Arab rock-throwing attack against American Legislators, an ancient Judean palm tree grows today, the expiration of a law allowing ultra-Orthodox Jews to avoid military service, and Yishai’s Tu B’Shevat Seder in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York.

2/29/12: Will Israel’s Supreme Court Tilt Right Under New Chief?

Mati Wagner
Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

The Supreme Court’s interventionist approach was pioneered by Aharon Barak, who served as the court’s president from 1995 till 2006. Dorit Beinisch, who is retiring from the court this week after serving as president since her mentor’s retirement, upheld the tradition of judicial activism, keeping the court at the center of Israeli public debate and making it a lightning rod for Orthodox and right-wing critics. That could change as Beinisch is replaced by Asher Grunis, a conservative justice who has made a name for himself as a supporter of judicial restraint.

High Court President Dorit Beinisch Retires

Rafi Harkham
Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

The 9th president of the Supreme Court of Israel, Beinisch presided over an active term, in which she wrote landmark decisions like the 2005 ruling against the IDF’s use of “human shields,” the 2007 ruling that Israel’s separation fence route must be modified, and the 2009 ruling declaring private prisons unconstitutional. But the most memorable ruling of her legacy may be her penultimate one – the High Court’s revocation of the Tal Law.

Haredim Close Ranks to Fight IDF Conscription

Yori Yanover
Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Many of the participants in an emergency conference last night were adamant on the need to “give up our lives” over the preservation of Torah study, in face of a growing public push for Haredi military service. In the Israeli marketplace of ideas, two views competed this morning: “Don’t push them too fast, or you’ll get nothing but conflict” – versus “It’s time for everybody to carry their fair share of the load.” Deputy Health Minister Yakov Litzman was on the money when he accused retired Supreme Court President Beinisch of committing a hit-and-run…

Livni Stakes Political Future on Yeshiva Students’ IDF Service

Yori Yanover
Sunday, February 26th, 2012

The first Israeli pol to be taking a ride on the back of the Supreme Court’s decision to kill the Tal Law is stating her motivation bluntly: “I’m sick and tired of hearing that it’s impossible to implement the law, because the Haredim or the Arabs don’t want to join.” Being sick and tired can be a recipe for political success in Israel – provided you don’t face a field of multiple opponents who are all equally disgruntled.

Chief Military Rabbi: Religious Soldiers Do Not Have to Hear Female Singers at IDF Events

Yori Yanover
Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

On the heels of the Supreme Court’s annulment of the Tal Law, and following weeks of harsh debates over the coerced participation of religious soldiers in IDF sponsored concerts with women singers, the IDF Chief Rabbi admitted Thursday that despite his liberal ruling on the matter, soldiers should be allowed to avoid entertainment they find religiously problematic.

Journalist: Secular Fear of Haredim Drove Court’s Rule on Service Deferments

Yori Yanover
Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Journalist and radio host Israel Gelis offers the Haredi point of view on the Supreme Court’s decision to kill the Tal Law, which served as a moderate avenue for Haredim to join modern Israeli society, while holding on to their unique values.

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