Friday, July 15, 2016

Israel Finally Appoints Rabbinical Appellate Judges

After months of controversy, nine new judges have finally been appointed to Israel's Supreme Rabbinical Court, the court which hears appeals in Jewish divorce and certain other personal status matters.  Jerusalem Post reports that nine judges were appointed on Tuesday, bringing the court up to its required complement of ten. Facing a large backlog of cases, the court was operating with temporary appointments which were about to expire. (Haaretz. June 16).  The new appointees for the first time include 5 judges who have served in the IDF.  However women's groups strongly criticized one of the new appointees.