Justice Minister Shaked Taps 3 Temporary Judges to Israel's High Rabbinical Court

High Rabbinical Court has long suffered from shortage of judges, partly due to disagreements among religious parties unable to reach agreements over appointments.

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Rabbi Eliezer Igra
Rabbi Eliezer Igra.Credit: Tomer Appelbaum
Yair Ettinger
Yair Ettinger

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked on Monday approved the temporary appointments of three judges to the High Rabbinical Court, which will enable it to reconvene for the first time in a long time.

Rabbis Yaakov Zamir, Eliezer Igra and Aharon Katz will serve for six months.

Shaked’s approval followed a report in Haaretz on the High Court of Justice petition filed against Shaked, Israel’s two chief rabbis and the rabbinical courts by a woman who is waiting for a get, a Jewish divorce decree from her husband. The Haaretz report attributed the delay to disputes between Shas and Habayit Hayehudi. Shaked said she had not received the paperwork for the appointments, which she signed Monday.

The High Rabbinical Court has just four permanent dayanim, the chief rabbis and two permanent judges. One of the latter, Rabbi Zion Algrabli, is on medical leave.

The rabbinical courts in general and the high court in particular have long suffered from a shortage of judges, partly due to disagreements among the religious parties have been unable to reach agreements over appointments in the committee that appoints dayanim. The High Court is short at least six permanent dayanim, while the lower religious courts need around 25 additional judges.

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