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Religious Services Minister attends wedding in violation of guidelines – Inside Israel

Minister of Religious Services Yaakov Avitan on Tuesday evening participated in a wedding in which dozens of people beyond what is permitted were in attendance, Channel 13 News reported.

According to the coronavirus guidelines, up to 20 people are allowed to participate in a wedding, but this particular event was attended by more than 60 people.

Minister Avitan arrived at the venue long before the start of the wedding, attended the chuppah ceremony and chose to remain at the wedding despite the fact that he saw that the number of participants exceeded what is permitted.

Shas chairman Minister Aryeh Deri responded to the report and said, “I have just heard about the wedding that Religious Services Minister Rabbi Yaakov Avitan attended. This is a serious matter.”

“I reprimanded Avitan for violating the guidelines. The law is equal for everyone. The members of the government are obliged to keep all the

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Religious Services Minister Avitan conducts wedding with 60 guests

Religious Services Minister Ya’akov Avitan conducted a wedding Tuesday night with some 60 guests in attendance, in violation of the government’s COVID-19 regulations for the current lockdown. At a wedding in Gan Yavne, Avitan first met with the groom and his family in their home to sign the marriage certificate, and then conducted the wedding itself in front of dozens of guests, Channel 13 News reported.Current government regulations stipulate that no more than 20 people can be present at a wedding, while visiting a private home is under certain circumstances also a violation of the regulations. Avitan apologized for participating in the wedding after the incident was exposed, saying he had been there only for 15 minutes but that “I made an error in judgement and I express my remorse for it.”Shas chairman and Interior Minister Arye Deri described the incident as “severe” and said he had spoken with and
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Minister Stripped of Credential for Officiating Gay Son’s Wedding Dies

The Mennonite minister whose church stripped him of his credentials for officiating the wedding of his gay son has died. Chester Wenger passed away Friday, October 2, in Lititz, Pennsylvania, with his family caring for him. He made history in 2014 when he officiated the wedding of his son Phil, who had been ex-communicated from the Mennonite church for being gay, and his partner Steve Dinnocenti. Wenger was 102.

“My father was a person who gave his life to his family and his church,” his son, Phil Wenger, told WGAL.

The elder Wenger officiated the ceremony of his son and Dinnocenti after marriage equality became legal. Phil had been excommunicated by a single leader in the Mennonite church decades before, but Chester was adamant he wanted to preside over the ceremony. He published an open letter afterwards explaining why doing so was in accordance with his interpretation of the

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