Knesset Passes Bill Increasing Number of Women That Elect Israel's Chief Rabbis

Expansion of electing body's size also likely to increase secular representation; vote highlights internal revolt within Habayit Hayehudi, as party leader Naftali Bennett struggles with ideological division.

The “Stern Law,” which would significantly expand the size of the body that elects the new chief rabbis, passed its preliminary reading in the Knesset Wednesday with a large majority: 53 in favor and only 14 MKs voting against.