Chief rabbis step in to postpone exam processing reforms

December 12, 2014 04:21


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Efforts pursued by the Ministry of Religious Services to improve the notoriously inefficient examination process for rabbinic ordination within the chief rabbinate has been stalled by the chief rabbis, The Jerusalem Post has learned.

The ministry has said that the processing is unacceptably cumbersome and slow, but Chief Rabbi Lau has objected to the increase in exam fees proposed outsourcing will cause.

The chief rabbinate in conjunction with the Ministry of Religious Services oversees some 10,000 exams every year for men seeking to gain ordination as a rabbi, rabbinic judge and other positions requiring certification from the chief rabbinate.

To gain ordination as a rabbi each candidate must take 12 exams, meaning that the bureaucratic and logistical demands of the examination process are considerable. In addition, there are other exams for higher rabbinic qualifications allowing a rabbi to apply for more senior positions which also need to be conducted and processed.

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