Ex-chief Rabbi Bakshi-Doron End to Orthodox Monopoly over Marriages

Former chief Sephardi rabbi Eliahu Bakshi-Doron yesterday advocated dismantling the Orthodox rabbinate’s monopoly over marriages – the first time any leading rabbi associated with the rabbinical establishment has publicly urged such a step. Speaking at a rabbinical conference in Jerusalem, Bakshi-Doron urged the repeal of the law stating that marriages in Israel must be conducted according to religious law. “Today, everyone marries as he sees fit in any case,” he later explained to Haaretz. “This law was very important in its day, but today it is completely neutralized, and merely creates hatred.”

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