Following Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s return to office on Thursday, the newly appointed Religious Services Minister’s first directive was to halt Matan Kahana’s kashrus reforms.
All of Kahana’s “reforms” to Israel’s religious status quo, which Kahana carried out despite opposition from all of Israel’s top Rabbanim, including Israel’s most senior Dati Leumi Rav, HaRav Druckman, z’tl, who was niftar last week, are to be undone, according to Shas MK Michael Malchieli, who Shas chairman Aryeh Deri chose to serve as the new Religious Services Minister.
After taking his oath of office, Malchieli spent an hour visiting the office of Chief Rabbi of Israel HaGaon HaRav Yitzchak Yosef to receive his bracha.
He then signed the first decree of the sixth Netanyahu administration, which was to halt Kahana’s kashrus reform as a crucial first step toward its revocation.
Among other things, Michaeli intends to undo Kahana’s “reforms” on the procedure for choosing local Rabbanim and the amendments to the statute governing the choice of dayanim.