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Ilan Ben Zion

Ilan Ben Zion is an author at Religion News Service.

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More Orthodox Jewish women are ordained; change is uneven

By Yonat Shimron and Ilan Ben Zion — December 14, 2021
(RNS/AP) — While the larger Reform and Conservative Jewish movements have ordained women rabbis for decades, the Orthodox fold has only recently begun tapping women to leadership roles.

Israel’s ultra-Orthodox reject criticism, defy virus rules

By Ilan Ben Zion — February 10, 2021
JERUSALEM (AP) — On Tuesday night, hundreds of ultra-Orthodox demonstrators protested lockdown restrictions, set dumpsters on fire, and faced off with police officers in Jerusalem.

By Sea of Galilee, archaeologists find ruins of early mosque

By Ilan Ben Zion — January 30, 2021
TIBERIAS, Israel (AP) — The mosque's foundations, excavated just south of the Sea of Galilee, point to its construction roughly a generation after the death of the Prophet Mohammad.

Orthodox women seek bigger role as Jews end Talmud cycle

By Ilan Ben Zion — January 7, 2020
JERUSALEM (AP) — As Orthodox Jews worldwide conclude a grueling marathon of daily Talmud study, a growing number of Israeli women have joined the effort, spotlighting collapsing gender barriers in the male-dominated community.

A look at Judaism’s place in Israeli politics

By Ilan Ben Zion — September 18, 2019
(AP) — While the country's Jewish majority is largely secular, parties representing the ultra-Orthodox minority have traditionally wielded considerable political power.

Israel will ban entry to outspoken US congresswomen, official says

By Ilan Ben Zion — August 15, 2019
JERUSALEM (AP) — The move comes shortly after President Trump tweeted that "it would show great weakness" if Israel allowed them in.

Feeling sidelined, Israel’s Druze protest Jewish nation bill

By Ilan Ben Zion — August 6, 2018
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — It marked the first time in recent memory that the Druze — followers of a secretive offshoot of Shiite Islam who are considered fiercely loyal to the state — staged a large public protest.
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