Senior haredi figures called for the expansion of the rabbinical courts’
authority in Israel, at an annual rabbinical conference on Tuesday organized by
the World Center of Torah Law.
Hundreds of rabbis and rabbinical judges
gathered in Jerusalem for the event, including Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman,
senior haredi MK Moshe Gafni (UTJ) and both chief rabbis Shlomo Amar and Yona
Gafni delivered the opening speech of the conference Monday
night, and drew attention to the failure of haredi political parties to pass a
law giving rabbinical courts authority to deal with cases pertaining to monetary
and property law.
Rabbinical courts in Israel are currently only
authorized to deal with issues of marriage and divorce and certain other matters
relating to personal status. At present, only civil courts can rule on issues of
monetary and property law.