Dozens of Local Rabbis at Emergency Meeting Over Marriage Registration Breach
By Yechiel Sever
Rabbis of dozens of cities, towns, moshavim and neighborhoods gathered from around the country for an emergency meeting held at Beis Knesses HaRamchal in Jerusalem's Givat Shaul neighborhood early this week to confront a threat to halachic marriage arrangements.
The meeting was held following a preliminary vote on the Tzohar bill, introduced by MK Faina Kirshenbaum (Israel Beiteinu), and the advancement of the Schneller bill proposed by MK Otniel Schneller (Kadima) to second and third readings in the Knesset, which would enable marriages to be listed nationally, rather than in a particular location.
Participants at the meeting declared a no-compromise battle against the two proposals, and immediately following the meeting they visited the homes of gedolei Yisroel shlita to present the situation before them.
"This is a tremendous breach that undermines the entire standing of the rabbinate," the rabbonim warned. "If the law passes, it could result in tremendous wantonness, with disastrous repercussions."