I’ve long subscribed to the belief that the world is all too eager to make life difficult for the Jews. Which makes it all the more ridiculous and counter-productive for us to make life difficult for each other.
As a Reform Jew and as a Zionist, for instance, I’ve had a lot of trouble accepting the idea that it wouldn’t be easy, or even possible, to be married in a religious ceremony led by a Reform rabbi in Israel (of all places). So when the new issue of Moment magazine arrived in my mailbox the other day, I was quite naturally drawn to the article on “A Marriage Made in Cyprus: The Israeli Mecca for Civil Ceremonies.” If you’re looking for some insight into the history and practical implications of marriage laws in Israel, this piece will be worth a read.
Which is not to say you won’t be left still questioning the system.