Heart And Soul Gathering [heart And Soul] [world Service]

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03Marriage in Israel20190112

Many young Jewish people living in Israel feel religion has too big an influence over their private lives. Numerous aspects of life are governed by a council made up of orthodox rabbis called the Rabbinate. They decide who is and isn't Jewish and by extension who can and can't marry.

Supporters of the organisation say this helps preserve Jewish identity. Critics say it means thousands of people who are not deemed 'Jewish enough' can't marry each other, forcing couples to leave the country to have a ceremony that will be recognised by the authorities when they return home.

The religious monopoly on marriage also means Jews cannot marry non-Jews and as the council of orthodox rabbis rule on divorce for every married couple in Israel, many say this disadvantages women.

Tim Franks is with a live audience and a panel of guests to discuss whether the Rabbinate should be stripped of its monopoly, or whether the current rules protect the identity and values of the Jewish faith.

This special Heart and Soul Gathering from the BBC World Service is the third programme in a series of faith-based community discussions.

Produced by Louise Clarke-Rowbotham.

Photo credit: Jewish Wedding Ring - Godong/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Why is religious marriage the only option in Israel?

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

03Marriage in Israel2019011220190113 (WS)

Many young Jewish people living in Israel feel religion has too big an influence over their private lives. Numerous aspects of life are governed by a council made up of orthodox rabbis called the Rabbinate. They decide who is and isn't Jewish and by extension who can and can't marry.

Supporters of the organisation say this helps preserve Jewish identity. Critics say it means thousands of people who are not deemed 'Jewish enough' can't marry each other, forcing couples to leave the country to have a ceremony that will be recognised by the authorities when they return home.

The religious monopoly on marriage also means Jews cannot marry non-Jews and as the council of orthodox rabbis rule on divorce for every married couple in Israel, many say this disadvantages women.

Tim Franks is with a live audience and a panel of guests to discuss whether the Rabbinate should be stripped of its monopoly, or whether the current rules protect the identity and values of the Jewish faith.

This special Heart and Soul Gathering from the BBC World Service is the third programme in a series of faith-based community discussions.

Produced by Louise Clarke-Rowbotham.

Photo credit: Jewish Wedding Ring - Godong/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Why is religious marriage the only option in Israel?

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

04Heart and Soul Gathering: Young Muslims in France20190330

The BBC World Service is in the city to hear youthful voices with a variety of views on their faith.

Islam is the second largest religion in France. In a nation that separates state and religion what does a French Muslim identity look like? In this unique and timely programme, Heart and Soul Gathering on the BBC World Service, hears from a group of young Muslims with a variety of different faith perspectives and backgrounds. Together with a studio audience, they discuss personal faith and experience.

Presented by Somaya Nasr and Produced by Louise Clarke-Rowbotham for the BBC World Service.

Image: A young woman takes a photograph with a smartphone outside The Grande Mosque in Paris. Credit: Getty/ZAKARIA ABDELKAFI / Contributor

Young people in Paris discuss what it\u2019s like to be young, French and Muslim

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

04Heart and Soul Gathering: Young Muslims in France2019033020190331 (WS)

The BBC World Service is in the city to hear youthful voices with a variety of views on their faith.

Islam is the second largest religion in France. In a nation that separates state and religion what does a French Muslim identity look like? In this unique and timely programme, Heart and Soul Gathering on the BBC World Service, hears from a group of young Muslims with a variety of different faith perspectives and backgrounds. Together with a studio audience, they discuss personal faith and experience.

Presented by Somaya Nasr and Produced by Louise Clarke-Rowbotham for the BBC World Service.

Image: A young woman takes a photograph with a smartphone outside The Grande Mosque in Paris. Credit: Getty/ZAKARIA ABDELKAFI / Contributor

Young people in Paris discuss what it\u2019s like to be young, French and Muslim

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.