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Jerusalem - Former Israeli Chief Rabbi Faces Fraud Charge For Doling Out Rabbinic Ordinations

Published on: March 1, 2012 11:55 AM
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Former Chief Rabbi ELiyahu Bakshi Doron testifeid today, May 24, 2010, at the District Court in Jerusalem. Rabbi Bakshi Doron is suspected of  permitting insitutions to give to civil servants fake rabbinical certificats. Photo by Yossi Zamir/Flash90. Former Chief Rabbi ELiyahu Bakshi Doron testifeid today, May 24, 2010, at the District Court in Jerusalem. Rabbi Bakshi Doron is suspected of permitting insitutions to give to civil servants fake rabbinical certificats. Photo by Yossi Zamir/Flash90.

Jerusalem - The State Attorney’s office announced on Thursday that it was considering indicting former Sephardi Chief Rabbi Bakshi Doron, subject to a hearing, for his part in the affair known as the “rabbis case,” in which 1,500 members of the IDF and police force received false certificates of rabbinic ordination entitling them to an extra NIS 2,000 - 4,000 a month in wages.

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In November 2007, ten indictments were handed down over the affair. The allegations against Rabbi Bakshi Doron relate to his activities during his tenure as Sephardi Chief Rabbi from 1998-2003. 

At the time, a Higher Religious Education diploma which was accompanied by rabbinic ordination, enabled security personnel to receive additional pay of from NIS 2,000 - NIS 4,000 a month. Numerous educational facilities were set up to train security personnel as rabbis, and students at these schools were ordained by the Chief Rabbinate, making them eligible for the salary benefits.

The seminaries where the studies took place received registration fees for the classes, and the security personnel studied for five to 10 hours a week for a period of one to two and a half years at most, but received certification that they had taken a five-year yeshiva program, enabling them to receive the pay bonus.


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 Mar 01, 2012 at 12:07 PM EmesMeieretz Says:

Interesting his name in Loshon Kodesh means "asking for presents" (bikshi doron)

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 Mar 01, 2012 at 12:24 PM Oy Lanu! Says:

I guess only the m'dina which serves up krumkeit at its best knows how to give smicha.

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 Mar 01, 2012 at 12:42 PM Chaim Says:

Reply to #2  
Oy Lanu! Says:

I guess only the m'dina which serves up krumkeit at its best knows how to give smicha.

sorry - you cannot blame the medina for this- this came from a yeshiva and a rav

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 Mar 01, 2012 at 01:00 PM enlightened-yid Says:

Where would yiddishkeit be without all these financial incentives benefiting so many that they are living comfortable off religion as their main source of income? The state has itself to blame for rewarding extra bonuses and stipends and registration fees for religious education. You cut that out and the number of phony yeshivas on every corner in Israel will shrink and these "religious" people will be forced to get real jobs instead of turning Judaism into mockery for profit.

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 Mar 01, 2012 at 01:10 PM Anonymous Says:

This would never happen with a Litvashe chief rav and raises the question of why we have the government appointing "Chief Rabbonim". In Russia and China, the government plays a key role in appointing the heads of churches so asssure that state interests trump any politically inappropriate actions by those sprititual leaders.

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 Mar 01, 2012 at 01:28 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
Oy Lanu! Says:

I guess only the m'dina which serves up krumkeit at its best knows how to give smicha.

The are many respected yeshivot and kollels in EY which provide a legitimate semicha so I wouldn't make such a blanket comment that any semicha in the medinah is "krumkeit".

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 Mar 01, 2012 at 01:37 PM Yechi Says:

We should not judge him, let the courts decide. He is no differant than any other Jew., the term Rabbi only means maybe they know the laws of basar Vchalov.

The post of Chief Rabbi is after all political ,, there is no requirement to be the"Godel Hador,Or the Posek Hador or a Tzaddik,,, There are many others who are called that

After all we have 2 chief rabbis , and 2 satmar rebbes , are we not blessed...

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 Mar 01, 2012 at 01:56 PM EmesMeieretz Says:

Reply to #7  
Yechi Says:

We should not judge him, let the courts decide. He is no differant than any other Jew., the term Rabbi only means maybe they know the laws of basar Vchalov.

The post of Chief Rabbi is after all political ,, there is no requirement to be the"Godel Hador,Or the Posek Hador or a Tzaddik,,, There are many others who are called that

After all we have 2 chief rabbis , and 2 satmar rebbes , are we not blessed...

why did you stop? if you mention satmar mention bobov spinke. Where does satmar come in here??

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 Mar 01, 2012 at 02:02 PM Anonymous Says:

Nebech, nebech.

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 Mar 01, 2012 at 02:21 PM qazxc Says:

Reply to #5  
Anonymous Says:

This would never happen with a Litvashe chief rav and raises the question of why we have the government appointing "Chief Rabbonim". In Russia and China, the government plays a key role in appointing the heads of churches so asssure that state interests trump any politically inappropriate actions by those sprititual leaders.

Chief Rabbis are not appointed by the medina.

And do you really think all livisher roshai yeshiva are clean in this regard? If so, I have some land to sell you in Florida. Its just a little damp though.

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 Mar 01, 2012 at 02:41 PM Yossi Says:

Reply to #7  
Yechi Says:

We should not judge him, let the courts decide. He is no differant than any other Jew., the term Rabbi only means maybe they know the laws of basar Vchalov.

The post of Chief Rabbi is after all political ,, there is no requirement to be the"Godel Hador,Or the Posek Hador or a Tzaddik,,, There are many others who are called that

After all we have 2 chief rabbis , and 2 satmar rebbes , are we not blessed...

It's "basar b'cholov".

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 Mar 01, 2012 at 03:53 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #8  
EmesMeieretz Says:

why did you stop? if you mention satmar mention bobov spinke. Where does satmar come in here??

Because the heilege Bobov and Spinkta rebbes, shlitas, would NEVER be associated with such inappropriate "selling" of semicha or any other such behavior.

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 Mar 01, 2012 at 04:58 PM Avreich1 Says:

Reply to #10  
qazxc Says:

Chief Rabbis are not appointed by the medina.

And do you really think all livisher roshai yeshiva are clean in this regard? If so, I have some land to sell you in Florida. Its just a little damp though.

"Chief Rabbis are not appointed by the medina."

Really? Are you sure?

Or did their letters of appointment come with their weekly מפעל הפיס lottery tickets?

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 Mar 01, 2012 at 05:15 PM Yechi Says:

EmesMeieretz i mentined satamar because he was just in town

Yossi , you are orrect. at least i did not say basar Vchaylev..now you know why they do not call me Rabbi

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 Mar 01, 2012 at 05:17 PM yechi Says:

qazxc it looks like you have no respect for torah knowledge

Iinteresting term used, Gedolim,,,,

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 Mar 01, 2012 at 05:26 PM Erlich Says:

If the charges are true, it is another busha for Yiddishkeit in Israel.

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 Mar 02, 2012 at 07:06 AM qazxc Says:

Reply to #15  
yechi Says:

qazxc it looks like you have no respect for torah knowledge

Iinteresting term used, Gedolim,,,,

Huh? I don't see a connection between my comment and your response.

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 Mar 02, 2012 at 07:14 AM qazxc Says:

Reply to #13  
Avreich1 Says:

"Chief Rabbis are not appointed by the medina."

Really? Are you sure?

Or did their letters of appointment come with their weekly מפעל הפיס lottery tickets?

They are elected.

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