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State and Religion: December 21, 2012

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The Haifa Municipal Rabbinate sent out letters to banquet halls in the city, threatening to revoke their kashrut certificate if they host New Year celebrations.

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December 21st, 2012 at 4:17 pm

State and Religion: March 14, 2012

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In order to receive the strict mehadrin kashrut certificate from Agudat Yisrael’s Badatz (Rabbinical Court), the Haredi-owned Heimische Essen restaurant in the Rehavia neighborhood of Jerusalem will stop employing waitresses on Thursday evenings, when large numbers of yeshiva students patronize the eatery. (Haaretz)

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March 14th, 2012 at 8:48 pm

State and Religion: March 8, 2012

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The Badaz Agudat Israel organization that provides seals of Kashrut demands that the ‘Haimeshe Essin’ restaurant in the neighborhood of Rehavia in Jerusalem stop employing waitresses on Thursday nights. This is due to the restaurant being a popular recreation spot among Yeshiva students and young Haredi men.

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March 8th, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Political: January 20, 2012

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An associate of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the spiritual leader of the Shas party, sent a document to the State Comptroller, Micha Lindenstrauss, which alleges that the Rabbi is responsible for a number of political appointments in borderline criminal ways.  The documents states that “Religious Affairs Minister Yaakov Margi [Shas] was appointed to his position in order to promote the selection of Rabbi Yosef’s family members and associates of the Shas leadership to top ranking positions in the Rabbinate in Israel.  The man behind the appointments is Rabbi Moshe Yosef, son of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef and a powerful player in Shas.  He also heads the private ‘Beit Yaakov’ Orthodox court (“Badatz”) which makes millions in the kashrut industry.  These appointments were meant to promote Badatz in large cities.”

Military and Security Forces: January 4, 2012

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Approximately 20 reserve soldiers from an Engineering battalion who are stationed near the settlement of Ariel, in the Samaria region of the West Bank, claim that they are left without a proper food supply and forced to rely on food they purchase themselves.  In addition, they were not supplied with cooking utensils because their post does not have a Kashrut [?] inspector.

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January 4th, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Closed Society: June 14, 2011

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Tel Aviv Religious Council published a collection of Halachic rulings, aimed to answer questions regarding migrant workers and refugees. Among the questions: Is it permissible to eat a dish prepared by a migrant worker, can one eat from a pot from which a migrant worker ate, and is it required to purify a kitchen utensil in the Mikveh, in case a migrant worker touched it.

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June 15th, 2011 at 4:09 pm