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The Time Has Come for Civil Marriage in Israel

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The despair over the Chief Rabbinate’s control over marriage in this country is making itself felt. From year to year, there is a growing number of couples who avoid the rabbinical establishment, preferring to get married without the rabbinate or who choose not to marry at all. This is according to a report published this week by the marriage division of the Religious Services Ministry.

Over the past two years, there has been a significant drop in the number of people registering to marry through the rabbinate, a decline of 4.7 percent in 2017 and 6.2 percent last year, according to the report. There is a variety of reasons for the decline: a substantial increase in the number of couples living together without marrying; an increase in the number of single Jewish men and women in the 25-29 and 45-49 age groups; larger numbers of........

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