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  Adar 21, 5773 , 03/03/13

Proposal: 4 Women on Committee to Pick Religious Judges

MKs Aliza Lavie (Yesh Atid) and Shuli Muallem (Bayit Yehudi) have proposed a law that would set aside four spots on the committee to select judges for courts of Jewish law (batei din) for women. The Jewish courts deal with issues that affect both women and men, they said, and therefore women should have an influence in the system. “In accordance with Jewish law, the judges are all men… In a modern democratic society gender equality is a right, but due to the nature of the religious courts, this equality cannot be expressed through the makeup of the body of judges. The only way women can have an influence…. is through the committee to appoint judges,” they stated.

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