Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Rebellion Against The Rabbanut

It seems that a group of Religious Zionist rabbis have organized, under the umbrella of the Tzohar organization, a kosher certification authority that is an alternative to the Israeli Rabbinate's. This is due to the Rabbinate's new policy of allowing local rabbis to forbid the use of the "heter mekhirah", thereby boycotting farmers who rely on it.

See this Hebrew article: link
And this English article about threatening to do this: link

Overall, this seems to me to be more about the Israeli Rabbinate being taken over by Charedim than anything else. The Religious Zionist community now needs a new infrastructure in which to operate, as their old infrastructure falls apart. It's probably a good thing.

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