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26.05.2024

Petition: appoint women as kashrus supervisor

Religious women approached the Supreme Court demanding that the Chief Rabbinate allow women to serve as a kashrus supervisor • Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu surprised: "In Tzefat there were female kashrus supervisors

Petition: appoint women as kashrus supervisor
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The women's national - religious movement, Emunah, is asking the court to order the Chief Rabbinate and the Ministry of Religious Affairs to allow women to serve as a kashrus supervisor. The movement goes against the precondition set by the Chief, and that it is ready to stand for required test just those who studied at least four years in a yeshiva or kollel - namely: men only.

The petition was filed by attorneys Ilan Bombach and Yariv Ronen, after years the movement did not receive any reply on the request. Chief Rabbinate announced last year that it establishes a committee to discuss the issue, but since then – the petition states - nothing was done.

The petition cited the main comments made in November 2012 at a meeting of the Chief Rabbinate Council, which discussed the request Emunah. The movement allowed then 16 graduates of the course conducted, which included all the topics covered in the courses for men, to take exams. The record shows that the resistance was on the part of Rabbi Yehuda Deri, and surprisingly - by the chief military rabbi, Rabbi Rafi Peretz, who feared that the IDF will need to appoint a female kashrus supervisor.

Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, the chief rabbi of Tzefat, who is considered meticulous about modesty, presented a surprising statement - but in the opposite direction: "When I came to Tzefat there were a few women who served as a kashrus supervisor and so it continues to this day and I do not see this as a flaw, but I'm not sure that fits everywhere."

Bombach and Ronen wrote in the petition that "petitioners are complementary and cannot put up with the pace of treatment of the Chief Rabbinate as described above and the fundamental attitude to defeat substantive rights, and constitutional rights of all women who wish to serve and work as a kashrus supervisor.

Chief Rabbinate spokesman, Ziv Maor said in response to B'Chadrei Charedim "a meeting held on 4.11.12. Israel's Chief Rabbinate Council discussed and decided to present the complex halachic matter to be checked by an advisory committee headed by Rabbi Yehuda Deri. Advisory Committee has not yet submitted its report to the Council ".
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