Someone clearly dislikes the Israeli legal system, this reads like a talkback on ynet, not an encyclopedic entry. I mean, stiff like "The interplay between law and religion in Israel is a significant factor responsible for the the degradation of the quality of life for many Israelis." according to whom? This is a 'fact'?? This is total rubbish, not worthy of wikipedia. --Telecart 22:44, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
Religion Vs. Ethnicity
As mentioned, the Religion and law in Israel section as a whole is lacking at best, and in more then a few aspects. There is one critical point when dealing with Jewish influence in Israeli law, and it lies within the definition of judaism itself. Judaism refers to A) The jewish people anf it's ethnic heritage and B) The Jewish faith and tradition. Those two largely coincide with each other, and usually a person who is of a jewish ethnic backround will also belive in the jewish faith. However, a large percentage of Jews in Israel and the world are atheists or secular, while still being of jewish heritage. It is important to differentiate laws coming from religious and intrests i.e. Sabbath employment rules, and those coming from purely ethnic motives like the law of return, which is inspired by and derived from the outcome of the holocaust, and the fullfilment of one of Israel's most basic concepts, as the home and shelter for jews from wherever.
This is just one example how the very infrastructure of this article stems from ignorance of core issues in israeli society, albeit reasonably knowledgable. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 17:35, 28 July 2008 (UTC)
This passage has no place in an entry about law it is purely political.
- When the State of Israel was established in 1948, certain agreements were made between the secular parties and the religious parties in the Knesset to preserve the character of Israel as a Jewish State. Since then, religious parties have been courted by the ruling party and their inclusion in the government coalition is sought by promises of budgeting that benefits the religious sector, ministerial appointments and commitment to the secular-religious status quo.
Likewise I have deleted the following passage as it contains so many awful statements that are total and utter rubbish. Sadly who ever wrote this has no real knowledge of Israel law. I am willing to cite the relevant laws refuting most of these statements.
- Other religious holds on the law in Israel are:
- Converts to Judaism must follow ultra orthodox paradigms, and undergo a lengthy study period and tests.
- Certificates of Kashrut require paying a Kashrut inspector.
- No public transportation on Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath.
- Law of Return.
- The State maintains a Registry of mamzers or illegitimate children.
- Ethical issues in medicine and biotechnology, such as stem cell research, cloning, euthanasia, and surrogate pregnancy are incorporated with strong emphasis on the attitude of Halakha on the subject.
- Construction, road and infrastructure development are regularly stalled for fear they may be encroaching on a site where Jews may have been buried. This is achieved by filing objections with the relevant District Planning and Building Board. Archeological digging permits are similarly affected.
- Hotels in Israel are denied operating licenses if not accommodating certain aspects of Jewish Law. Thus, no unkosher food may be offered in Israeli hotels, and Sabbath elevators stopping automatically in every floor must be installed.
- Employment restrictions on Saturdays; higher wages for work on the Sabbath.