A possible solution has been proposed that will enable the Tzohar Organization’s rabbis to continue to perform marriages.
Religious Affairs Minister Yaakov Margi announced that he will support a bill allowing regional marriage registries. Until the law is passed, a temporary arrangement may allow the rabbis to continue their activities, which had been stopped when it was realized that couples were registering fictitiously as residents of Shoham, where the head of Tzohar, Rabbi David Stav, ran the rabbinate registry office. This was done so as to ensure that Tzohar rabbis, who are advertised as more understanding of secular couples, would be assigned to perform their weddings.
Israeli law at present mandates registering for marriage in the home town of either bride or groom, which town might not have a Tzohar member on its list of rabbis. The Religious Affairs Ministry had announced that it intended to enforce the law more strictly, causing the current crisis.