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The Religious Services Minister of Israel (Hebrew: שר לשירותי דת‎, Sar LeShirutei Dat) is the political head of the Israeli Ministry of Religious Services and a relatively minor position in the Israeli cabinet. The current minister is Ya'akov Margi of Shas.

The post was included in the provisional government, and was initially known as the Minister of Religions and War Victims. Upon the formation of the second government on 8 October 1951 it became the Minister of Religions. A second re-name occurred on 5 August 1981 when it became the Minister of Religious Affairs. The post was scrapped on 1 January 2004, but resurrected on 14 January 2008.

The office holders have been largely religious, though some secularists have held the post; Haim Yosef Zadok being the first to do so when appointed in 1974.[1] Zerach Warhaftig is the longest serving minister to date, holding the post for over 12 years between 1961 and 1974. In Binyamin Netanyahu's government the portfolio changed hands six times, with four different people holding the post (Netanyahu three times and Eli Suissa twice).

There has been a Deputy Minister on several occasions.

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List of Religious Services ministers

Minister Party Government(s) Dates in Office
Yehuda Leib Maimon Mizrachi
United Religious Front
P, 1, 2 14/5/48 - 8/10/51
Haim-Moshe Shapira Hapoel HaMizrachi
National Religious Party
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 8/10/51 - 1/7/58
Ya'akov Moshe Toledano Not an MK 8, 9 3/12/58 - 15/10/60 ¹
Zerach Warhaftig National Religious Party 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 2/11/61 - 10/3/74
Yitzhak Rafael National Religious Party 16 10/3/74 - 3/6/74
Haim Yosef Zadok Alignment 17 3/6/74 - 29/10/74
Yitzhak Rafael National Religious Party 17 30/10/74 - 22/12/76
Haim Yosef Zadok Alignment 17 16/1/77 - 20/6/77
Aharon Abuhatzira National Religious Party 18 20/6/77 - 5/8/81
Yosef Burg National Religious Party 19, 20 5/8/81 - 13/9/84
Shimon Peres Alignment 21 13/9/84 - 23/12/84
Yosef Burg National Religious Party 21 13/9/84 - 5/10/86
Zevulun Hammer National Religious Party 21, 22, 23 7/10/86 - 11/6/90
Avner Shaki National Religious Party 24 11/6/90 - 13/7/92
Yitzhak Rabin Labor Party 25 13/7/92 - 27/2/95
Shimon Sheetrit Labor Party 25, 26 27/2/95 - 18/6/96
Binyamin Netanyahu Likud 27 18/6/96 - 7/8/96
Eli Suissa Shas 27 7/8/96 - 12/8/97
Binyamin Netanyahu Likud 27 12/8/97 - 22/8/97
Zevulun Hammer National Religious Party 27 22/8/97 - 20/1/98 ¹
Binyamin Netanyahu Likud 27 20/1/98 - 25/2/98
Yitzhak Levy National Religious Party 27 25/2/98 - 13/9/98
Eli Suissa Shas 27 13/9/98 - 6/7/99
Yitzhak Cohen Shas 28 6/7/99 - 11/7/00
Yossi Beilin One Israel 28 11/10/00 - 7/3/01
Asher Ohana Not an MK 29 7/3/01 - 28/2/03
Ariel Sharon Likud 30 28/2/03 - 31/12/03
Yitzhak Cohen Shas 31 14/1/08 - 31/3/09
Ya'akov Margi Shas 32 31/3/09 - present

¹ Died in office.

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Deputy Ministers

Minister Party Government(s) Dates in Office
Zerach Warhaftig Hapoel HaMizrachi
National Religious Party
4,
7, 8
5/1/1953 - 26/1/1954
9/1/1956 - 1/7/1958
Binyamin Shahor National Religious Party 13, 14 1/2/1966 - 17/11/1969
Haim Drukman National Religious Party 19 11/8/1981 - 2/3/1982
Moshe Gafni Degel HaTorah 24 23/7/1990 - 13/7/1992
Rafael Pinhasi Shas 25 31/12/1992 - 14/9/1993
Aryeh Gamliel Shas 27 13/8/1996 - 22/8/1997
24/8/1997 - 20/1/1998
25/2/1998 - 6/7/1999
Yigal Bibi National Religious Party 27
27
28
13/8/1996 - 20/1/1998
25/2/1998 - 6/7/1999
5/8/1999 - 12/7/2000

References

  1. ^ Haim J. Zadok Israel Democracy Institute

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