Thursday, March 09, 2017

More on the proposed institute for application of Jewish Law in Israel

POLITICS AND LAW: Proposal for applying Jewish Law in legal decisions approved.. A bill for implementing Jewish Civil Law in modern Israeli jurisprudence approved in preliminary reading (Yoel Domb, Arutz Sheva).
The Knesset approved in a preliminary reading the proposal submitted by MK Nissan Slomiansky(Jewish Home) and other Knesset members to establish in conjunction with the Justice Ministry and the Lawyers Bureau an institute for application of Jewish Law. The proposed institute and its administration would be under the auspices of the Justice Minister.

The explanatory preface to the law stated that: "It is suggested that a national institute be established to "translate" the literature of Jewish Law into modern Hebrew understood by all. The main need is to translate the literature in Jewish Law which deals with civil law. The institute should be established in conjunction with the Lawyers Bureau and the Justice Ministry."

Not surprisingly, the bill has not been received without controversy. I noted the story of the bill last year when it was first drawn up. Now it seems it has passed the first reading in the Knesset. I'm not sure what happens next, except that further approval is required for the bill to be enacted and the institute actually to be founded.