Gal-On calls on separation of religion, state amid rabbinate election

July 24, 2013 12:10

Meretz chief Zehava Gal-On called the Chief Rabbinate a corrupt and nepotistic institution on Wednesday, the same day that Sephardic and Ashkenazi rabbis were set to be elected.

Gal-On said the Chief Rabbinate is an institution that "promotes homophobia and the exclusion of women and non of the candidates intend to change this." She added that the institution represented Orthodoxy and was "not interested to forward a more progressive and pluralistic Judaism." 

Gal-On called for the need to separate religion from state in Israel, abolish the official standing of the Chief Rabbinate and cease its funding. 

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