Consultations Among Sephardi Rabbonim Continue As Draft Law Causes Machlokes


On Tuesday evening, 13 Tammuz, Rabbi Yaakov Cohen, son of Rosh Yeshiva Chacham Shalom Cohen Shlita, who heads Shas’ Moetzas Chachmei HaTorah, and former Shas Minister Ariel Atias, with the latter appointed to deal with matters pertaining to the new draft law, visited the residence of Rabbi Yehuda Cohen, Rosh Yeshivat Yakirei Yerushalayim at 28 HaTurim Street in Jerusalem.

The two came to discuss the details of the new draft law with the Rosh Yeshiva, and to hear his opinion on the issue, after HaGaon HaRav Yehuda Cohen issued a decisive decision against the new law and ruled that it was necessary to change it. The meeting lasted for some two hours. It is known that HaGaon Rav Cohen explained that the law in its present form may not pass.

BeChadrei Chareidim reports the meeting was arranged after the meeting last week between Rav Yehuda Cohen and Aryeh Deri, during a cornerstone laying ceremony in Beit Shemesh. It was there that Deri briefed Rav Cohen on the law and its ramifications.

Rav Yehuda Cohen continues speaking out against the law, calling on other Sephardi rabbonim to follow his lead, insisting the law may not be permitted to pass. Atias continues his efforts towards achieving achdus among the Sephardi rabbonim.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. All the Chareidim that are not beholden to the Medina, the ones who do NOT take money from the government, understand that the draft law is a terrible calamity, BH now the Sefaridi rabbonim also realize that the draft law is a terrible disaster.
    May Hashem help that the Chareidim who are on the take wake up & smell the coffee
    The draft law is a terrible gezeira