RABBI DANIEL SPERBER: ‘What I’m suggesting is that the Chief Rabbinate treat us like outside consultants for specific issues.’.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)
For the first time in Israel, two women recently received a get (were released from their marriage), following a rabbinic ruling that undermined the policy of Israel’s official Chief Rabbinate’s position.This was only possible through a private Orthodox rabbinical court, which is not recognized by the state rabbinate and whose decisions challenge the rulings of the rabbinical establishment. The person who heads this court is Rabbi Daniel Sperber, one of the most fascinating figures in the field of Torah study, a professor emeritus of Talmud at Bar-Ilan University and the recipient of the Israel Prize in Jewish Studies in 1992.
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