Archive: 12/28/2011
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  12/28/2011, Tevet 2, 5772

Hershkowitz: Chevra Kadisha Not Involved in Eulogies


The Religious Affairs Ministry has announced that the Chief Sephardic Rabbi, Rabbi Shlomo Amar will rule on women eulogizing at funerals. Science and Technology Minister Rabbi Prof. Daniel Hershkowitz said “the funeral company (‘Chevra Kadisha’,ed.) should not have a say on the nature of the eulogies and whether or not they are delivered by women. This is a personal, not Halakhic issue.

Minister Livnat responded “You should clear that with the Religious Affairs Minister and with his director.”

Hershkowitz countered that at the funeral of Rabbi Chanan Porat, his daughters eulogized him and gave a musical performance in the presence of the Chief Rabbis.