Abolish the Rabbinate in Israel

The official Israeli rabbinate is in trouble, and has been for years. Now there are new calls for altogether abolishing the bureaucracy.

We have had bad experiences with the rabbinate officials as recently as May 2011. We found that the rabbinate in Jerusalem’s Maaleh Adumim is seriously out of line. And in keeping with the verse in chapter one of Ecclesiastes, which we just read in the synagogue, “The crooked cannot be made straight…” — we agree with Haaretz and with many other voices on this matter.

The editorial “Israel’s rabbinate must be stripped of its powers” is further headlined, “From every vantage point – social, civil and economic – it would be better to transfer the rabbinate’s powers to local authorities that would serve the people based on the community’s needs,” and it concludes,

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