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Second time lucky: Knesset passes bill for rabbinical court reform

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The coalition succeeded early Wednesday in passing a bill that will reform the system for appointing rabbinical court judges nearly two weeks after their first attempt was botched by the Knesset speaker accidentally voting against it.

In a late-night session in the Knesset, the bill passed with 59 lawmakers voting in favor and 54 voting against.

The bill expands the panel that chooses rabbinical judges to include more representatives from the government and more female representatives.

Earlier this month the bill was up for its third and final reading when Speaker Mickey Levy accidentally voted “no,” leaving it with a 51-51 tie. Levy attempted to get special permission to change........

© The Times of Israel

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