Jerusalem - Israeli Rabbi: Rabbinical Semicha Should Be Recognized As Full Academic Degree
Jerusalem - An Israeli rabbi is calling for the government to grant bachelors degrees to those who hold a rabbinical license which would open up civil service positions to those who have semicha.
Rabbi Shimon Jacoby, director of Israelโs rabbinical courts, made a formal request to the Ministry of Finance after meeting with the chief rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Israel Yizchak Yosef, and civil service commissioner Moshe Dayan as reported by Arutz Sheva.
Noting that earning semicha involves stringent requirements including a minimum of four years of yeshiva study as well as rigorous oral and written tests, Rabbi Jacoby requested that those who complete the full course of study receive a bachelors degree from Israelโs Council for Higher Education.
Currently rabbinical license is not recognized as an academic degree, preventing those whose sole educational credential is semicha from holding civil service jobs with an academic achievement requirement and from earning an academic salary in public rabbinical positions.
โThe recognition of a rabbinical license a equivalent to an academic degree will assist the integration of these highly educated people in civil service as well as…into the public,โ wrote Rabbi Jacoby.
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