Chief Rabbi: Woman Can Serve on Dayanim Committee

The Chief Sephardic Rabbi, Rav Shlomo Amar, said Sunday he does not object to the idea that women would sit on the Committee for Appointment of Dayanim (Rabbinical Judges). In an interview on Radio Kol Chai, Rav Amar said categorically, however, that women can never be rabbinical judges themselves.

“G-d forbid that this bad dream ever materialize,” he said. “It contradicts Halakha to select a woman to sit on the Beit Din.”

“A rabbi cannot be a woman, a dayan cannot be a woman,” he stressed. “There are people who want to uproot the Torah in the most terrible way. This is an uprooting of the Torah.”
Two weeks ago, Rav Amar berated Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her remarks regarding women’s status in Judaism.

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