ugly spat that broke out this week between the religious-Zionist
rabbinical group Tzohar and the Religious Services Ministry appears to
be over after the two parties came to an agreement late Wednesday
had accused the Religious Services Minister Yaakov Margi and the Chief
Rabbinate of dealing with their free wedding service in a discriminatory
manner by enforcing regulations on their program, which the ministry
ignored when it came to private haredi rabbinical courts.
The group alleged that the bureaucratic obstacles were imposed to safeguard the income of rabbinate approved rabbis.
after extended talks between the two sides, Tzhohar chairman David Stav
sat down with Margi in the Knesset on Wednesday night and the minister
agreed to amend a law stipulating that couples must register to marry in
their city of residence.