The Chief Rabbinate has decided to file a police complaint against five chareidim who took the official smicha exam in Binyanei Ha’uma this week on behalf of others.
It appears that officials in the Chief Rabbinate learned that five chareidim affiliated with a certain chassidus agreed to take the exam on behalf of others. The exam-takers told rabbinate officials the people they took the exam for simply were not knowledgeable enough to pass. It remains unclear if they received money for taking the exam. It appears they did it to simply assist the others in earning the right to give piskei halacha in isur v’heter.
Officials have decided to move ahead with an official complaint to send a signal that this will not be tolerated. Rabbanut officials fear if they do not take harsh action this trend may spread and this would be disastrous. Therefore, the have announced they are turning this over to police in the hope of sending a clear public message to anyone who has such an idea in the future.
Over 2,000 people took exams this week for smicha and to be certified as a mashgiach.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)