The recent dust-up between Tzohar and the Rabbinate has increased the number of RZ Rabbis who want to see the Israeli Rabbinate dismantled. I believe that the discussion of separating Church and State in Israel has concentrated for far too long either on the question of separation as a whole and far too little on the details and consequences of Separation.
To encourage such discussion, I would like to address each issue of religion and state separately. Rather than talk about chucking everything or keeping everything, I believe a case-by-case discussion would more fruitful.
The purpose of this series will be to examine the question of maintaining or dismantling specific public religious services or subsidies from the POV of Orthodox Jewry, both RZ and Charedi.
The subjects covered will be as follows:
1. Chief Rabbis: State, City and Township. Better public or private?
2. Batei Din: Appointments of dayanim and their authority.
3. Marriage (Including internal intermarriage).
4. Divorce: The question of mamzerut.
5. Religious Building Maintenance: Mikvaot and the like.
6. Burial Rites and Graveyards.
7. Religious Education: The Elephant in the Room.
8. Conversion: Is there any point?
9. Kashrut. Nuff said.
Any and all comments and suggestions are welcome in the comments below.