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State and Religion: December 24, 2012

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Former chief Sephardi Rabbi Eliahu Bakshi-Doron was indicted for fraudulent receipt of goods or services under aggravated circumstances on Monday for his role in the so-called “rabbis’ file” affair, in which hundreds of security forces officers were ordained as rabbis in order to qualify for a pay raise. (Ynetnews)

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December 24th, 2012 at 10:04 am

Closed Society: November 16, 2012‎

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Three restaurants in Jerusalem – Topolino, Carouselna, and Ichikidana were fined at sums ranging from NIS 1,000 (~$280) to NIS 2,000 (~$560) by the Chief Rabbinate for presenting their food as Kosher without receiving adequate certificate from the Chief Rabbinate.

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November 16th, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Closed Society: December 19, 2011

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The Ministry of Internal Affairs is conditioning the granting of citizenship to foreigners who undergo Orthodox conversion to Judaism abroad on the approval of the Chief Rabbinate, despite previous agreements that the Jewish Agency is the body responsible for the approval of such conversions.

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December 19th, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Political: December 15, 2011‎

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A law proposed by the Infrastructures Minister, Uzi Landau (Likud) would place Israel’s electricity under “rabbinical supervision,”. Under the law, the Chief Rabbinate would assign supervisors to all Israeli power plants to ensure they operate according to the Jewish Halacha. Supervisors will be authorized to close down power stations that would infringe the Rabbinate’s directives, as well as limit the sale of electrity from specific utilities during Shabbat or Jewish holidays.

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December 15th, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Closed Society: October 5, 2011

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Chief Rabbinate will not recognize conversions to Judaism of students of Ethiopian descent who study in the State education system [and not in the Orthodox education system].

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October 5th, 2011 at 6:04 pm