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  • Orthodox rabbi seeks Israeli religious revolution

    02/13/2013 6:44:43 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 7 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 2/13/2013 | DANIEL ESTRIN
    When Rabbi David Stav launched his official campaign last month to wrest control of Israel's top religious institution from its longtime hardline leadership, it was a long shot. >>SNIP<< Stav, a 53-year-old father of nine, heads a private network of modern Orthodox rabbis that is virtually an alternative organization to Israel's state-sanctioned rabbinical bureaucracy. It seeks to put a friendly face on Jewish traditions for secular Israeli Jews alienated by the ultra-Orthodox functionaries that regulate religious services. The organization, called Tzohar, has gained popularity among secular Israelis with its program that sends rabbis free of charge to officiate at weddings....