Likud Agrees to Scrap One Chief Rabbi Law


icrOne of the laws passed during the 19th Knesset as part of Bayit Yehudi’s “religious revolution” while in control of the Ministry of Religious Services was that there would only be one Chief Rabbi of Israel in the future.

The passing of this law was met with objection from the Chief Rabbinate, as officials explain one chief rabbis is the av beis din of the Rabbinical Supreme Court while the other must deal with an array of other duties. The new law was to lead to the elimination of the position of Rishon L’Tzion.

Kikar Shabbos reports that as advanced negotiations take place on Sunday 1 Rosh Chodesh Iyar between Shas and Likud, the latter agreed to eliminate the controversial law.

Readers are reminded that during the previous Knesset the chareidi parties, both Shas and Yahadut Hatorah were in the opposition and the ruling coalition, with major backing from the Yesh Atid party, passed the law.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)