Progressive rabbis welcome IDF decision to allow reform rabbis to officiate at military funerals

July 8, 2019 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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The Moetzah (Council) of Australian, New Zealand and Asian Progressive Rabbis welcomed the decision of the IDF to allow soldiers to be buried by rabbis from all the religious streams of Judaism as well as secular funerals.

An Israeli military funeral

The Council stated: “This important decision will allow families to mourn and be comforted with rituals that accord with their own practices and beliefs.

We believe that this is a very positive step in the move for inclusion and acceptance of all the expressions of Jewish religious practice in Israel. We hope that it will be the first of many changes that will allow Israel to truly embrace the religious diversity of 21st-Century Judaism.

We applaud the work of Hiddush, whose tireless work for religious equality in Israel has enabled this landmark decision. “

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