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Religion and State in Israel - October 27, 2008

Religion and State in Israel - October 27, 2008



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Religion and State in Israel


The only review of media coverage on issues of religion and state in Israel.

Religion and State in Israel is not affiliated with any organization or movement.

Religion and State in Israel


The only review of media coverage on issues of religion and state in Israel.

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Religion and State in Israel
October 27, 2008 (Section 1)
 (continues in Section 2)
 Editor – Joel Katz
Religion and State in Israe
lis not affiliated with any organization or movement.
Rabbi Yosef calls on Shas supporters to vote for Porush
 By Yair Ettinger www.haaretz.comOctober 27, 2008United Torah Judaism's candidate for Jerusalem mayor, MK Meir Porush, has received his first publicendorsement from a major spiritual leader in the ultra-Orthodox community, two and a half weeks beforethe elections.Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the spiritual leader of Shas, on Saturday night urged his party's supporters to vote forShas' list for the municipal council and for Porush on the separate ballot slip for mayor.Porush is focusing his campaign on the national religious sector, the same public for which secularcandidate Nir Barkat is vying.Both men are convinced that this particular population will determine the election's outcome.However, in order to win, Porush, who is trailing behind Barkat in the public opinion polls, will have tounite the entire Haredi public. Rabbi Yosef is the first to publicly endorse his candidacy.
Rav Ovadia Yosef Shlita Endorses Meir Porush for Mayor
  Yechiel Spira www.theyeshivaworld.comOctober 26, 2008Chacham Ovadia Shlita continued his election instructions to Shas followers, explaining that“in the Heavenly Court we are judged and we must act appropriately,” going on to explain that“by casting a ballot for Porush on 13 Cheshvan, we may earn a higher place in the World to Come sincePorush will build mikvaos and continue his good deeds, and we are compelled to ensure his success….…A mikve costs $250,000 and we must take part in building. How can I do this? I barely meet my 
monthly expenses with my salary,” stated the Rav rhetorically.“By voting for Porush, that’s how! With placing a simple white piece of paper in a ballot box, one buysone’s Olam Haba”.
Needed: A passionate mayor . . .
 By Elan Ezrachi www.haaretz.comOpinion October 24, 2008
 Dr. Elan Ezrachi is the director of the
 International School for Jerusalem Studies at Yad Ben-Zvi. At the very center of the city's plight is the ultra-Orthodox population, who make up about 20 percent of Jerusalem's citizenry.Given that the capital will continue to be a stronghold of the Haredi community - with a very high birthrate that is altering the demographics of local schools - what can be done to balance their legitimate needs with the ability of the city to sustain itself economically? Younger members of this population cannot afford housing in Jerusalem any more than young secularresidents can.…The Haredim should be encouraged to contribute to the well-being of the city by joining the workforce while protecting their own vital interests. As long as they lack housing in their neighborhoods, they will spill over into others. By constructinghousing appropriate for all, it should be possible to prevent other sections of the city from becomingpredominantly Haredi.Jerusalem needs leadership that understands this, and will seek to moderate the friction betweendifferent populations.
. . . and a city council to keep him honest
 By Rachel Azaria www.haaretz.comOpinion October 24, 2008
 Rachel Azaria is co-chair of the Hitorerut-Yerushalmim list for city council, which is made up of young professionals who aim to improve conditions for Jerusalem's secular, traditional and modern-Orthodox residents.
The elections are expected to be decisive for the city's future.The last five years have been difficult ones for the capital's non-ultra-Orthodox residents. Although Haredim constitute some 25 percent of the city's voters, for the past half-decade they havedictated the municipal agenda, directing resources principally to their sectorial needs.For non-Haredim, voting is an opportunity to redress the imbalance that has been the stuff of Jerusalemcity politics since 1993.
Ultra-Orthodox politics
 By Yair Ettinger www.haaretz.comOctober 22, 2008There is no need to play the self-righteous card. After all, politics is politics.But at present, particularly as we approach municipal elections in Jerusalem, the pot has reached its boiling point and will likely leave the entire ultra-Orthodox political establishment with nasty burns.…Until November 11, it seems every political operative in the fractured ultra-Orthodox community willcontinue to pray hard for the downfall of his respective rival.
Rabbi Aviner: Porush has no consideration for national-religious public
 By Kobi Nahshoni www.ynetnews.comOctober 27, 2008“(Jerusalem mayoral candidate) Meir Porush and the ultra-Orthodox public have no consideration for theNational-Zionist population.They aren’t interested in them, do not recognize them and do not think they have any significance,” saidRabbi Shlomo Aviner ahead of the November 11 vote.He also mentioned during an interview with Kol Hai Radio that the “national-religious population prefersa true partnership than an inferior stance,” and for this reason, he said, most of them support secularcandidate Nir Barkat, who promised National-Religious representatives senior positions at themunicipality.

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