Israeli Rabbinate Fuming Over Supreme Court Meddling in Kashrus

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rabbinateIsrael’s Chief Rabbinate is furious that the nation’s highest court has ordered it to provide kosher certification to a woman baker who identifies with the Jews for J- movement. In addition to criticizing the court’s “overstepping their jurisdiction,” the rabbis feared that the Court’s meddling could be a “bad precedent” for the future. The Court overturned a decision by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel to remove the hechsher because Pnina Conforti considered herself a member of the Jews for J- movement.

Conforti said that when she opened her first bakery in Gan Yavne in 2002 she enjoyed impressive business success. But after her faith was publicized in an article in a Messianic Jewish magazine, she allegedly suffered from demonstrations outside her bakery and posters with her picture distributed throughout the city warning that she was a missionary. As a result, Gan Yavne Chief Rabbi Meshumar Tzabari revoked her kashrus certificate.

In 2006 she opened her second bakery in Ashdod, where she was granted a kosher certificate, but when the Ashdod Rabbinate learned that she was a member of the “Jews for J-” movement, it too withdrew the certificate. After she appealed to the Supreme Court, the justices ordered the Rabbinate to pay her $52,000 in legal fees and to re-issue a kashrus certificate.

{Kosher Today/Elisha Ferber-Matzav.com Newscenter}

5 COMMENTS

  1. THE ISRAELI RABBINATE SHOULD STAND THERE GROUND AN NOT GIVE A KOSHER CERTIFICATE AN LET THE COURT KNOW HOW NOT TO GET INVOLVED WERE IT IS NOT IN THERE BEST INTEREST

  2. I hope this is not reported correctly.

    If it is, the only solution is for the Rabbinate to publicize the matter so that no-one will stumble because of it.

    In this case, the pashkvilim will have a good cause.

  3. Why should a secular court have anything to do with a kashrut hecksher? That is a religious matter and should not be under their jurisdiction.

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