Rabbi Porush Seeks Redress of Hekdesh Property Laws
by Eliezer Rauchberger
With a majority of 9 to 3, the Knesset Finance Committee
prepared Rabbi Meir Porush's current bill for its second and
third readings. The law seeks to correct distortions in the
laws of hekdesh property limiting the purchasing
rights of the individual.
The existing law details those eligible for exemption from
the improvements tax (heteil hashbacha). However, the
law does not include hekdesh property. Rabbi Porush's
proposal seeks to include hekdesh property in the
In addition, existing law grants exemption to those wishing
to expand the area of their apartments to 120 square meters
(1200 square feet). Rabbi Porush's proposal would increase
the limit to 160 meters (1600 square feet).