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Ministerial Approval for Chief Rabbis’ Travels

Following a recent complaint filed by the Ometz Organization pertaining to travel abroad of Israel’s chief rabbis, a system is being established by which privately funded trips abroad will have to receive prior approval from a ministerial body.

In a letter sent to Interior Minister Eli Yishai, who is handling the matter, Israel Chief Rabbinate official Oded Viener requests that the committee be made up of ministers, not clerks, a move that will better preserve the dignity of the position of the nation’s chief rabbis.

The entire matter surrounds a private trip made abroad by Rabbi Yona Metzger Shlita. According to Israel Channel 10, the chief rabbi traveled privately, funded by people abroad, assisting them in fundraising for their organization, a move that is not permitted for the senior civil servant.

(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)

One Response

  1. Ah, the joys of red tape. This will save the government no money (it will cost it some) nor enhance the government. It exists merely to make the chief rabbis a servant of the government rather than an officer of it.

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