Ashdod, Israel – The Chief Rabbi of Ashdod, Yosef Sheinin, says he is committed to maintaining Jewish law and therefore he does not intend to comply with a court ruling to grant a kashrut certificate to a bakery owned by a woman who became a part of the “Jews for Jesus” sect.
In a hearing held Monday morning, the court ordered the Chief Rabbinate to authorize within a month kosher certification for the bakery.
The High Court ordered the Chief Rabbinate to ordain another rabbi in its name who will grant the kosher certificate to the restaurant owned by the Messianic Jew. This rabbi will act in place of Rabbi Yosef Sheinin, who refused to grant a kosher certificate to the establishment.
In doing so, the judges rejected the petitioners’ claim that Sheinin was in contempt of court for not yet issuing a kosher certificate despite being ordered to do so six months ago.
A manifesto signed by eighty leading rabbis in support of Rabbi Sheinin was recently distributed.