Rebellion Against The Rabbanut

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It seems that a group of Religious Zionist rabbis have organized, under the umbrella of the Tzohar organization, a kosher certification authority that is an alternative to the Israeli Rabbinate’s. This is due to the Rabbinate’s new policy of allowing local rabbis to forbid the use of the “heter mekhirah“, thereby boycotting farmers who rely on it.

See this Hebrew article: link
And this English article about threatening to do this: link

Overall, this seems to me to be more about the Israeli Rabbinate being taken over by Charedim than anything else. The Religious Zionist community now needs a new infrastructure in which to operate, as their old infrastructure falls apart. It’s probably a good thing.

About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student serves on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America. He also serves on the Editorial Boards of Jewish Action magazine, the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society and the Achieve Journal of Behavioral Health, Religion & Community, as well as the Board of OU Press. He has published five English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

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