In milestone, Israeli government to pay salaries of female religious authorities

The Israeli government will begin paying the salaries of female advisers on Jewish law, Deputy Minister Matan Kahana announced Thursday, marking a significant step toward gender equality by the Religious Services Ministry, which previously shied from progressive stances on such issues.

“It is clear to everyone that learned women are an inseparable part of the communal and religious world” by now, Kahana said in a statement announcing the move.

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