Chief Rabbi of Holon Rabbi Avraham Yosef – who sits on the Israel Chief Rabbinate’s council and who is a son of the late Sefardi haredi leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef – gave permission for university students to cheat and plagiarize.
Leading Sefardi Haredi Rabbi Tells University Students It Is Kosher To Cheat And Plagiarize
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Chief Rabbi of Holon Rabbi Avraham Yosef – who sits on the Israel Chief Rabbinate’s council and who is a son of the late Sefardi haredi leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef – gave permission for university students to cheat and plagiarize, the Jerusalem Post reported.
In an online halakha (Jewish law) ask the rabbi forum on the Moreshet Orthodox web portal, a woman posed the following question.
“My friend needs to submit university work, she took the work from someone else and asked me to change the wording so that the work will not look like the same. Is it permissible for me to help my friend to re-word the work?,” a woman asked.
Yosef said it is permissible to plagiarize and cheat.
“[It is] permitted. And it is [fulfilling the] commandment of bestowing kindness, especially if she has a good command of the material,” Yosef ruled.
Yosef previously ruled that judges in Israel’s civil and criminal court system cannot be counted in a minyan (prayer quorum), and has issued many other similarly explosive rulings. He also recently tried to have the chairman of of the moderate Zionist Tzohar rabbinic group, Rabbi David Stav, stripped of his rabbinic ordinations because Yosef disapproves of Stav’s moderate – but still Orthodox – stance on conversion to Judaism.
Yosef was a candidate for Sefardi chief rabbi but his candidacy ended when police began investigating him for alleged breach of public trust and an illegal conflict of interest. Yosef allegedly coerced store and restaurant owners to get kosher supervision from a private kosher supervision company started by his late father and run by one of Yosef’s brothers.
A group of Zionist Orthodox students from the Neemanei Torah VaAvodah organization wrote to Yosef, criticizing his ruling.
“This is something [copying work] which is morally corrupt and we don’t know how it is possible to find any justification for it…Apart from the fact that such actions are a serious breach of university regulations, we as students who work hard every day doing course work and exams are saddened to see the legitimization of cheating and unilateral abrogation of student assignments,” they wrote.
Yosef’s late father once served as Sefardi chief rabbi of Israel.
Yosef’s brother David is the current Sefardi chief rabbi of Israel.