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Daily Briefing Nov. 9 – Can a Modern Orthodox politician change the status quo?

Political reporter Tal Schneider and analyst Haviv Rettig Gur discuss ToI’s interview with Religious Services Minister Matan Kahana and his planned reforms for kashrut, conversion

Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 15-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East, and the Jewish world, from Sunday through Thursday.

Political correspondent Tal Schneider and senior analyst Haviv Rettig Gur join host Jessica Steinberg on today’s podcast.

Schneider interviewed Religious Services Minister Matan Kahana with Time of Israel founding editor David Horovitz last week, just as the minister’s legislation for major reforms in the kosher certification industry passed through a Knesset committee.

Schneider and Rettig Gur discuss Kahana, a Modern Orthodox politician with a significant army career as an air force colonel, who is close friends with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

Rettig Gur looks at the historical ramifications of Israel’s church-and-state government, while Schneider highlights aspects of Kahana’s religious leanings and his statements to her about the place of religion in Israel.

Discussed articles include:

The Orthodox revolutionary: How Matan Kahana aims to revive Israel’s Jewish identity

Plan for major kashrut reform advances through Knesset committee

Religious affairs minister said planning shakeup of religious councils

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