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Israel - Rabbi Dichovsky Appointed Director of Rabbinic Courts

Published on: March 1, 2011 10:09 PM
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Israel - The Committee for Appointing Rabbinical Judges on Tuesday chose Rabbi Shlomo Dichovsky as director of the Rabbinic Courts for four years.

Dichovsky, who retired from the Supreme Rabbinic Court two years ago, is a haredi rabbinic judge who is considered relatively open-minded and progressive, a combination that enabled the haredi and national-religious members of the committee to agree on his appointment.

Attorney Batya Kahana- Dror, director of the Mavoi Satum organization, which works for the rights of women who have been refused divorces by their husbands, said, “in his 22 years as rabbinic judge, Dichovsky acknowledged the suffering of women refused a Jewish divorce, and did not hesitate to force recalcitrant husbands to give a get [Jewish divorce]. We hope his methods and way will set the tone in the rabbinic courts and lead them to a moderate path that is appropriate to Israeli society.”

Another issue awaiting the committee’s decision is the appointment of three rabbinic judges to the Supreme Rabbinic Court. The 10 committee members, six haredi and four national-religious, have time and again failed to agree on the identity of the judges, and no resolutions were reached in Tuesday’s meeting

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 Mar 01, 2011 at 10:31 PM Anonymous Says:

An "open-minded and progressive" chareidi dayan??......Moisiach is coming soon.

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 Mar 01, 2011 at 11:09 PM Mark Levin Says:

Progressive and hardy ? An oxymoron for sure.

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 Mar 02, 2011 at 04:30 AM shlomozalman Says:

Rabbi Dichovsky is a rare phenomenon. He is open minded and caring. In terms of torah scholarship, he can put the other dayanim in his back pocket. He has been the recipient of vicious attacks by the chareidi world, but he stands his ground. Because of this, the chareidim fear him . He is not "one of them", but his credentials are impeccable.

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 Mar 02, 2011 at 09:27 AM Anonymous Says:

We'll see.

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 Mar 02, 2011 at 10:17 AM yosher Says:

A super talmid chocham with true and absolute yiras shomayim: the perfect dayan throughout his long career and the ideal role model for battei din and dayanim.

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