Changing From Religious To Civil Marriages
A comparative study for transitioning from religious to civil marriage systems
Russian immigrants marry an informal marriage ceremony on Valentine's Dayon Dizengoff Square. The bride is not recognized in Israel as a Jew, so the couple can not marry in Israel officially. 04.08.2009. Photography: Miriam Alster, Flash 90
"COMPARATIVE MODELS FOR TRANSITIONING FROM RELIGIOUS TO CIVIL MARRIAGE SYSTEMS" by Brett G. Scharffs and Suzanne Disparte shows how it is possible for Israel to institute a civil marriage and divorce system. The system in which we now employ dates back to the Ottoman Empire and was maintained during the British Mandate Period and continues today.
Particularly with the influx of Russian immigrants, the need for change is necessary and our present members of government are fighting against this change. Israeli Chief Justice Aharon Barak noted that when it comes to family law in Israel, “you never wash in the same river twice.”
The atmosphere is always in flux and we must change with the conditions. This paper delves into a comparative study with some very interesting facts and concepts.
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