Religion: Mixed Marriages in Israel

A lovesick young artist was on a hunger strike in Tel Aviv last week, and all Israel debated the consequences. The artist: Moshe Barak, 27, an Israeli of Rumanian parentage who was wounded four times in the Arab-Israeli war. His objective: to force the Knesset, Israel's Parliament, to repeal its rabbinical ban on civil marriages.

Matter of Form? Artist Barak met his fiancee, Oriah, soon after she arrived from Yugoslavia in 1951. The Orthodox Christian daughter of a Belgrade accountant, Oriah had been expelled by Tito's government for anti-Communist activities, had found Israel the only country ready to give her an immigration...

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