The twenty-two new rabbinical judges elected by committee last month to the regional rabbinical courts were sworn in to office on Sunday by President Reuven Rivlin at the President’s Residence.
The appointments were the first to be made in nearly five years to what were badly under-staffed courts.
Rivlin told the new judges that they were being appointed to serve “the whole of the Jewish people” and that they had a responsibility to bring justice and mercy to the men and women who come before them.
Also present at the ceremony were the Sephardi and Ashkenazi Chief Rabbis Yitzhak Yosef and David Lau.
Lau told the judges that they should look upon those upon who they give judgement as their children, an attitude which will help them arrive at “the true judgement.”