Netanyahu vows new government will not turn Israel into halachic state


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Netanyahu vows new government will not turn Israel into halachic state
The gov't coalition so far succeeded in passing preliminary hearings for three of four laws before Netanyahu's mandate expires December 21.
Published: DECEMBER 13, 2022

There will not be a halakhic state, and the incoming government will lead "in the way of the national Right and liberal Right," incoming prime minister MK Benjamin Netanyahu said in the Knesset plenum on Tuesday. Netanyahu was responding to a Monday night Channel 12 report that the coalition agreement between the Likud and United Torah Judaism (UTJ) included religion-based laws. Netanyahu requested that the upcoming opposition "accept the people's decision" and "stop spreading alarms and lies."



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What's a halachic state.

A bit like Islam and it's sharia law (I think)

is the collective body of Jewish religious laws which is derived from the written and Oral Torah. Halakha is based on biblical commandments (mitzvot), subsequent Talmudic and rabbinic laws, and the customs and traditions which were compiled in the many books such as the Shulchan Aruch. Halakha is often translated as "Jewish law", although a more literal translation of it might be "the way to behave" or "the way of walking". The word is derived from the root which means "to behave" (also "to go" or "to walk"). Halakha not only guides religious practices and beliefs, it also guides numerous aspects of day-to-day life.

Historically, in the Jewish diaspora, halakha served many Jewish communities as an enforceable avenue of law – both civil and religious, since no differentiation of them exists in classical Judaism. Since the Jewish Enlightenment (Haskalah) and Jewish emancipation, some have come to view the halakha as less binding in day-to-day life, because it relies on rabbinic interpretation, as opposed to the authoritative, canonical text which is recorded in the Hebrew Bible. Under contemporary Israeli law, certain areas of Israeli family and personal status law are under the authority of the rabbinic courts, so they are treated according to halakha. Some differences in halakha are found among Ashkenazi Jews, Mizrahi Jews, Sephardi Jews, Yemenite, Ethiopian and other Jewish communities which historically lived in isolation