Rabbonim affiliated with the Chief Rabbinate of Israel took part in a kenos addressing growing concerns surrounding the yichus of so many Israelis, primarily focusing on the over 1 million people who arrived from the former Soviet Union since the 1990s. The rabbonim cited the foot-dragging by Interior Ministry clerks in many areas, along with poor recordkeeping as being at the heart of many problems. One case used to drive the point home showed a young man was registered as “Jewish” while his mother was registered as a “non-Jew” by the ministry.
The rabbonim point out there is an increase in the conflict of data maintained by the ministry and the Chief Rabbinate, and this presents and will present a greater issue regarding marriage and burial in the future.
The rabbonim, representing Chief Rabbinate marriage registration around Israel, acknowledged the seriousness of the problem and the need for accurate record-keeping to protect future generations.
Chief Rabbi Yonah Metzger praised the rabbonim and their efforts, calling upon them to record the issues raised at the one-day event and forward them to his office. The rabbonim concluded that a solution to the problem is critical, one that is in line with the position taken by Gedolei Yisrael.
The rabbonim also addressed the issue of kvura among the growing number of people classified without a religion, explaining a number of areas have been designated around the country for interring non-Jews. Those listed as “Jewish” are buried in the Jewish area of the beis hachaim while those listed as “non-Jews” or a niftar whose status is questionable is interred in the other area. They explain that as a result, many Jews are interred alongside goyim R”L, citing a need to address this as well.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)