Bill proposed to stop state rabbis accepting wedding fees

Following the storm that erupted two weeks ago surrounding the issue of wedding licenses for rabbis, MK Uri Orbach (Habayit Hayehudi) proposed a new bill to address one of the core complaints in the controversy.

Orbach’s bill, submitted last week, would make it illegal for a rabbi employed by a local religious council to accept money or any other form of remuneration when performing a wedding for someone who lives in the city where he works.

“Do MKs get money for drafting legislation?” Orbach asked in a conversation with The Jerusalem Post on Sunday. “Marrying people is part of a rabbi’s job, so there’s no reason he should get money for this service when he gets a salary from the state.”


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