Legislation to reserve four places for women on the committee for appointing rabbinical-court judges was approved, Monday, for its first reading in the Knesset by a six-to-two vote of the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee. Member of Knesset Aliza Lavie (Yesh Atid), who co-sponsored the bill with Knesset member Shuli Mo'alem-Refaeli, said, "Today is an historic day on the way to a substantial change in the rabbinical courts." She explained, "Because the role of judges is barred to women, the only way that women can influence and shape the character of the rabbinical courts is through the committee for appointing judges."
Doctor Lavie added, "Today we see, in the courts, the result of the situation in which women are not involved at all in the selection process. Women will contribute understanding, sensitivity and recognition of the area, and will lead to a more healthy situation in the courts, which is more coordinated to the general society in Israel."