UTJ Council of Torah Sages allows Litzman to become health minister

United Torah Judaism’s Deputy Health Minister Ya’acov Litzman accepted the position of health minister offered to him by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday after the haredi (ultra-Orthodox) party’s Council of Torah Sages decided to permit the move.

UTJ traditionally has not allowed any of its MKs to be officials, in order not to take responsibility for the government desecrating the Sabbath. But the rabbis permitted Litzman to join the cabinet after the High Court of Justice ruled that there cannot be any “deputy ministers with the status of a minister,” which was how Litzman was described.

The practice began in the 1952 when the Religious Torah Front that represented haredim at the time decided it did not want to hold collective responsibility for government decisions that went against Jewish law.

Source: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/UTJ-Council-of-Torah-Sages-allows-Litzman-to-become-health-minister-413496

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