JERUSALEM (May. 22)
A demand that the rabbinical authorities in Israel appoint women to the position of dayan, a subordinate rabbinical post, was voiced in the Knesset last night during a debate on the first reading of a bill designed to give legal status to the rabbinical courts. The demand was voiced by two women deputies, one of whom was Ada Maimon, Mapai, who is the sister of Rabbi Judah L. Maimon, former Minister of Religion and leader of the Mizrachi movement.
The bill passed its first reading. It gives legal status to the position of all rabbis and dayanim appointed during the Mandatory regime or by the Ministry of Religion. In the course of the debate, deputies representing all parties agreed to the need for preparing a law to define the status of rabbinical courts and a procedure for their establishment, as well as a procedure for the appointment of rabbis and dayanim.