Israeli Supreme Court: Israeli Citizens Can Have Secular or Religious Dates on Tombstones

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The Israeli Supreme Court rules 2-1 that Israeli citizens can choose either secular or religious dates for their tombstones, thus limiting the power of Orthodox rabbis.

Orthodox Jewish burial societies oversee almost all cemeteries in Israel and they have until now only permitted religious Jewish dates.

Chief Justice Aharon Barak writes:

"If, in this non-theocratic state, the court fails to set the limits of religious freedom, we will be totally neglecting the feelings of the population"

Advocates for religious liberty in Israel hail this decision as an important step forward in restricting the powers of Orthodox rabbinical authorities in Israel.


A Secular State? — Israel

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