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Israeli Rabbinate Makes History, Allows Women to Become Kashrut Supervisors

Chief Rabbi David Lau has made an official announcement, even implementing a course to teach women the industry

By: Daniel Koren
Published: December 5th, 2013 in News » Israel
Kashrut symbol in Israel

What a progressive world we're living in.

Following the ongoing campaign of Israel's Women of the Wall group, who have rallied again and again for equal religious rights for women, Israel's Chief Rabbinate has made an announcement that will certainly be praised by Anat Hoffman and her swarms of loyal followers, and also, by religious and non-religious women all over the world.

The Rabbinate has declared that they will allow women, for the first time ever, to work as Kashrut supervisors (those who supervise to ensure that Jewish dietary laws are upheld). The decision comes after another women's group, the Emunah women's rights group, filed a petition to the High Court of Justice.

The women's rights group have been advocating for this change for the past two years; until now, women were not allowed to be employed as Kashrut supervisors in any capacity.

Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau has since implemented a course to train women in this industry.

“This is without doubt a historic breakthrough and achievement,” said Liora Minke, chairwoman of Emunah.

Aliza Lavie, a member of the progressive Israeli political party, Yesh Atid, commended the Chief Rabbinate for its decision, saying it "must continue to find ways to make itself more accommodating to reality in Israel."

Related articles: Israel News, Chief Rabbinate, Kosher, Kashruth, Women, Jewish News, Emunah, Women of the Wall
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