Kahana: “Lieberman Almost Fainted From Excitement About Kashrus Reforms”

Avigdor Lieberman at a conference. (צילום: דוברות לשכת עורכי הדין); Religious Affairs Minister Matan Kahana in front of the Beis Din in Ashkelon.

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In an interview with Haaretz last week, Religious Affairs Minister Matan Kahana said that when he informed Finance Minister Avigdor Lieberman about the kashrus reforms he intends on implementing: “he almost fainted from excitement.”

As could be expected from the left-wing Haaretz, Kahana received much praise for his plan to implement far-reaching changes in Israel’s religious status quo.

Kahana said that “during the coalition negotiations I was the person Bennett appointed to oversee issues of religion and state. When Lieberman and Bennett requested to include reforming the kashrus system in the coalition agreements, I said to myself: ‘Friends, you have no idea how far I intend to go [in reforming the system].'”

Kahana explained why he thinks he is fit for the position of religious affairs minister. “I served in the most chiloni (secular) frameworks possible, in the Sayeret [Sayeret Matkal, an elite IDF special forces unit] and the Air Force,” he said. “There’s no one more appropriate than me to serve as a bridge between the secular and religious.”

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. the רבוש”ע has lots of patience, but their day will come… and when they will fall it will be with a GIGANTIC THUD…
    He who laughs last laughs BEST!

  2. Why is him having been in the chiloni world fitting for him to be in charge of something meant for the Torah/Mitzvos keeping world?! Why the need to bridge kosher laws (or anything Torah, really) to a world that is an oxymoron of the former?

    And also, I fail to understand, what does military experience have to do with being in charge of Jewish values? (The military is one of the more un-Jewish systems in Israel)

  3. This is a tempest in a teapot. The Rabbanut would be the regulator and a license from it would be required. In fact, the Reform are also screaming about “discrimination”.

  4. Cmon rebbosie, just because its bein hazmanim doesn’t mean you should letzonim. Get up and go to the beis medresh, open up a gemara and then you could fall asleep on top of the gemara like everyone else. But you’ll also get the koved of learning.