Monday, June 06, 2005

Rav Bakshi-Doron: two thumbs up

Former Chief Rabbi Bakshi-Doron has again drawn attention to the problem of Israeli rabbis deliberately performing weddings with invalid witnesses, thus invalidating the marriage, which we first discussed last June (all the comments seem to have disappeared which is a shame because to my recollection, there was a very lengthy and interesting exchange on this). It's a shame that amongst all the reasons he gives for why this is a bad idea, he didn't mention the most basic one: the deceit is completely offensive and disrespectful to couples who want to get married and who believe they are marrying each other. Nevertheless, Rav Bakshi-Doron's courage in speaking out on this and on the issue of civil marriages in Israel is refreshing and instructive considering the leadership, or lack thereof, demonstrated by our current chief rabbis.

(Via OOSJ)

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