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  1/8/2012, Tevet 13, 5772

Head of Tzohar Rabbis Against 'Tzohar Law'


A week after approval of the "Tzohar Law", which lets couples register for marriage outside the communities in which the fiancees reside, Rabbi Ya'akov Ariel, the president of the Tzohar rabbinical organization has come out against the law and the Knesset's involvement in the matter. Interviewed by the newspaper Makor Rishon on Friday, Rabbi Ariel also said that he was not informed at all about the law, which got its name from the initiative of rabbis in his organization.

While Rabbi Ariel admitted having a problem with the Chief Rabbinate about the number of marriage certificates it gave the organization, he felt it was not too late for change to come from within the rabbinate. Another source within the organization disagreed, explaining that no progress was reported in a year and a half of talks between Tzohar and the Chief Rabbinate.