Chief Rabbinate of Israel

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The Chief Rabbinate of Israel, Hebrew: הרבנות הראשית לישראל - Ha-Rabanut Ha-Rashit Li-Yisra'el, is the highest rabbinical institution in Israel.

It consists of (mainly) Chief Rabbis of various places in Israel, and is presided by two Chief Rabbis, an Ashkenazi and a Sephardi rabbi, both elected for ten years.

The Chief Rabbinate has religious legal power in Israel, but also involves with matters of halakha outside the country.

In Israel it deals with matters concerning Jewish life, like marriage and divorce, conversion to Judaism, kosher food, holy sites like the Western Wall, yeshivas, rabbinical courts etc.

The Chief Rabbinate of Israel is situated in Jerusalem.

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