The IDF’s Chief Chaplain will now serve as an active member of the Chief Rabbinate Council, MKs ruled Tuesday by approving into law a bill sponsored by a coalition of religious and secular MKs. In a vote of 10-1, the Knesset easily approved the law, which had met obstacles in earlier committee hearings after MKs discovered that technically, the IDF’s top religious officer did not have to undergo any kind of official ordination.
In response to concerns voiced by MKs that the bill would allow a non-Jewish or non-Orthodox clergy member to gain a permanent seat on the Chief Rabbinate Council, the bill’s sponsors agreed that in order to take the council seat, the Chief Chaplain must first be granted the authority to serve as a municipal rabbi.
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