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Are Zionist and Jewish-Nationalistic arguments of any use to a non-custodial parent opposing a plea for the relocation of minor children ?

By: דיאנה שאלתיאלPublished on: 02 June, 2022
Not really nowadays. In the early Post-Holocaust days of the foundation of the State, judges regarded Israel as the best place for Jewish children to be raised . It was felt that cutting off a Jewish child from Israel and allowing him to be brought up abroad could have negative results – assimilation and a straying from the Jewish and Zionist paths. Today this is not so, and when the family court deals with a plea for relocation of a Jewish child abroad it will recognize the fact that it is possible for Jews to have a educational, social and religious life abroad, and keep up their knowledge of Hebrew , Israel and Judaism.. The proximity of the child to Jewish schools and Jewish communities and the willingness of the custodial parent to permit the minor to have contact with them may be a factor it will take into consideration.

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