Rabbinated refusing women's marital status testimony

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December 25, 2012 10:10

 
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Several local rabbinates are refusing to allow women to testify towards a person’s marital status for the purpose of marriage registration, The Jerusalem Post has learned.

This policy is being enacted despite an explicit directive from the Chief Rabbinate instructing local rabbinates to permit women to testify in this regard.

Of five local rabbinates questioned by the Post, three said they do not permit women to testify.

The ITIM organization, an advisory NGO for religious services and a religious rights advocacy group, says that it frequently receives requests for help from women in particular who do not have male friends who know them well enough to testify on their behalf.

In order to register for marriage, a person must bring two witnesses who know them to testify before rabbinate officials that he or she is unmarried.

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