Chief Rabbi HaRav HaGaon Yitzchak Yosef has made a decision to boycott the hearings of the Rabbinical Judges Selection Committee due to the behavior of the Religious Affairs Minister Matan Kahana, Kikar H’Shabbat reported.
“Kahana wants to appoint judges to the Beit Din HaGadol and regional Batei Din who were opposed by Gedolei Yisrael,” a senior member of the Rabbanut told Kikar. “HaRav Yosef said that it’s better not to appoint judges at all than to appoint them.”
The source is referring specifically to two judges whose appointments were opposed in the past by HaGaon HaRav Ovadia Yosef, z’tl and HaGaon HaRav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, z’tl.
“Since the Religious Affairs Minister continues to undermine the Rabbanut and wants city Rabbanim to be megayeir hundreds of thousands of non-Jewish Russian immigrants along with ceding the Kosel to the Reform, there’s no reason to hold talks with him,” the Rabbanut source continued.
“Minister Kahana wants that a Kohen and a divorcee and mamzeirim will be able to get married at the Cypriot embassy in Israel. He destroyed kashrus. In accordance with his decision, Rabbi Dovid Stav of Tzohar can grant kashrus certification throughout Israel.”
“For all these reasons, HaRav Yosef decided to boycott the discussions of the Committee.”
In July, the Bennett-Lapid-Lieberman coalition passed the “Dayanim Law,” which was formulated to nix Chareidi influence over the appointment of Rabbinical judges and ensure that the Selection Committee for Rabbinical Judges will have a majority of secular and Dati Leumi representatives.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)