Sunday, February 09, 2014

Israel's New and Improved Hellenist Rabbinical Courts! -Thought Police Included!

ט' לחודש השנים עשר תשע"ד
Arutz 7: Candidates Being Interviewed for Rabbinical Courts by Livni
January 29, 2014

This evening 15 candidates were interviewed for positions as judges in rabbinical courts.

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said, "We have just finished interviewing the latest batch of candidates for judgeship in the Chief Rabbinical Court. We sat there for hours, all the members of the committee, and spoke with the 15 candidates. It was a long and tedious procedure, but we needed to find those best suited to the job, not those who would interpret (Jewish) law in its most rigid manner," Livni explained.

The following is a summary in English, and excellent commentary by Life In Israel on a proposed law, regulating the rabbinate on a local level.

Life In Israel: Proposed Law: what City Rabbis can and cannot say
Freedom of speech out the window, thought police front and center.. That's been the trend. Even when it sometimes makes some sort of sense, such as when it was proposed to make it illegal to call someone a Nazi, or when it does not make all that sense, such as when Yair Lapid threatened the Chief Rabbis for sticking to an opinion held by the Chief Rabbinate for 65 years.. either way the thought police are gaining more traction.

Now, they want to further legislate what can and cannot be said..

Minister of Justice Tzippi Livni and Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan are cooperating to propose a law that would limit the freedom of expression for rabbis employed by the State of Israel as city rabbis.

The main part of the proposal is that it would be illegal for City Rabbis to express themselves in opposition to a position held by the government, by a government ministry or by the decision of any minister.

The proposal would also have a judge at the head of the disciplinary board for city rabbis, instead of the way it is today with a dayan at the head of the disciplinary board. This makes rabbis different than other State employees, in that others, such as judges, lawyers, accountants, and other State employees are judged by their professional peers.
source: NRG

Examples of the ramifications of this law proposals:
* if a city or chief rabbi speaks out against women being drafted to the army..
* if a city or chief rabbi speaks out against public transportation on Shabbos
* if a city or chief rabbi speaks out against some aspect of the peace process
* if a city or chief rabbi speaks out against the television tax
* if a city or chief rabbi speaks out against migrant policy
* if a city or chief rabbi speaks out against price regulation of milk and bread
* if a city or chief rabbi speaks out against gay rights
* if a city or chief rabbi speaks out against the drafting of yeshiva bochurim
* if a city or chief rabbi speaks out against forcing general education in the haredi school system

(regardless of my position on some of these issues, I do not believe people who think differently than me should not be allowed to express their opinion)

and so on and so forth. you get the point. Basically, if the rabbi says anything against government policy, if he expresses what he thinks the halacha or Jewish tradition should say in opposition to any government policy on anything, he will be brought for disciplinary hearings and possibly fired. If he appeals the decision of the disciplinary board, the case will be heard by the Supreme Court.

I can understand not letting a State employee, chief or city rabbi included, speak against government policy regarding issues not relevant to his job... but to not allow a rabbi to voice his opinion on halacha or Jewish tradition just because it goes against government policy? What's the point of the rabbinate of that's the case? If this becomes law, it is just another reason to cancel the State rabbinate - it is a meaningless office if their only mandate is to uphold any position held by any minister, no matter its position in regard to the Torah.
Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Israeli Supreme Court
How many Illuminati symbols
can you find in the photo?
The process of reducing the power and influence of the already castrated Israeli Rabbinate started eons ago.
  • The Israeli Government and its courts have already asserted its power over Israel's Chief Rabbinate, if not  "overruled" it, on many occasions:
  • Awarding a kashruth certificate to a meat company, not meeting the Rabbinate's standards.
  • Deciding who should or should not be a kashruth supervisor.
  • Deciding the prayer set up at the Kotel (Western Wall).
  • Threatening the Chief Rabbis with removal, by the Finance Minister, for going against government policy.
  • Arresting and detaining rabbis, such as Rabbi Yisrael Ariel (Temple Institute) and Rabbi David Drukman (Qiriyath Hayim), convicting Rabbi Elitzur Sege"l, and threatening others for daring to speak out against government policies, citing halakhah (Torah ie. Jewish Law). The list goes on.
How many "rabbis" can you find in this picture?

Mamlakhti (undying State loyalist) "rabbis" have even come out and said that certain other rabbis are unfit for the Chief Rabbinate, due to a lack of connection to the State and the Zionist Enterprise. Even though rabbis in question, such as Rabbi Shmu'el Eliyahu shlit"a are more "Zionist" than most, if not any, mamlakhtim.

These "rabbis" have also said that there is no conflict between halakhah and IDF policy.

Clearly, we are headed in a direction, not of rabbis becoming puppets, but of more "rabbis" being added to the State's army of de-Juification of Eretz Yisra'el (Land of Israel). I say "Land" because the State's Jewishness has pretty much been thrown out the window.

Do I sound harsh? Then let me be even harsher. Albeit, I believe that the Chief Rabbinate is a currently necessary evil, it is not even a Jewish institution.

The Rabbinate and the Anglican Church

The Israeli Rabbinate is well on its way to becoming just like those "rabbanim mita'am," the rabbinic appointees of Czarist Russia, if it hasn't already.

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