The State of Israel-Diaspora Relations

In this i24 NEWS segment (07:10), Rabbi Seth Farber of ITIM, an organization that helps people navigate the religious authorities’ bureaucracy in Israel, discusses the tensions in the relationship between the Israeli government and Diaspora Jewry, specifically referring to the control of the ultra-Orthodox Chief Rabbinate over who is considered Jewish. Himself an Orthodox rabbi, Rabbi Farber shows how the Rabbinate’s fundamental misunderstanding of the diversity of the Jewish world is leading to a major gap between Israel and Diaspora Jewry.