Rabbi offers unorthodox solution to civil marriage debate

Yair Ettinger; 9/7/09

A national-religious rabbi frustrated with the impasse in talks on easing Israeli marriage procedures is advocating an unorthodox solution: competition. Rabbi David Stav proposed Tuesday that couples be allowed to register to get married at any Chief Rabbinate office they please, as opposed to being required to sign up at their municipal branch. Speaking at a conference on Judaism at Kfar Blum in the Upper Galilee, Stav said opening up marriage registration would create competition and ease cumbersome procedures for couples seeking to wed. “Nowadays any marriage registrar in some nowhere place in Israel can drive a couple crazy with demands,” Stav said. In Israel, the Chief Rabbinate holds the monopoly over marriages, which has drawn criticism from groups that want to see civil marriages allowed

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