Tzohar chairman says chief rabbinate obstructing new law to maintain power and control

Chairman of the national-religious Tzohar rabbinical association Rabbi David Stav said on Monday that “rabbinic politicians” in the chief rabbinate were more concerned with preserving their power than with improving religious services.

Stav was responding to criticism directed at Tzohar and the law it supported, which was passed in 2013, that abolished marriage registration districts and allows couples to register for marriage in anywhere around the country.

Rabbi Yitzhak Ralbag, a member of the Council of the Chief Rabbinate, claimed at a conference last week in Netanya that Tzohar does not require that couples who go to the organization’s offices to register for marriage provide certificates proving their single marital status.

Source: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Tzohar-chairman-says-chief-rabbinate-obstructing-new-law-to-maintain-power-and-control-391207

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