18.05.2011 14.Ijar, 5771 Pesach Scheni; Tag 29 des Omer
Religious Services Minister Yaakov Margi notes that he is not legally permitted to impose the appointment of women.
Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef supports integrating women into religious councils, according to Religious Services Minister Yaakov Margi (Shas ). Margi declared he "will act to improve representation of women in the makeup of religious councils appointed in the future."
Margi made the written statement in response to a report about his ministry that criticized the negligible proportion of women serving on appointed religious services bodies in locales around the country. The minister wrote that in light of instructions from his spiritual mentor, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, he would act to improve the situation, but added that the law does not permit him to impose the appointment of women….