Thursday, November 18, 2004

Time to change the way Chief Rabbis are chosen

The Jerusalem Post reports on the disgrace which is the current Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi, Yona Metzger. What they don't mention is that the only constituency which apparently really holds the position in esteem, the national religious camp, is effectively boycotting Metzger and not inviting him to many of their events, including those to which the Chief Rabbi is traditionally invited (or at least they weren't 8 months ago, when I left Israel). Instead, they are treating Rabbi Ya'akov Ariel, who was the NRP's candidate for the position, as the de-facto Chief. If more would follow, instead of passively putting up with that national embarrasment Metzger, perhaps the Chief Rabbinate -- which does play an important symbolic role, although 2 Chief Rabbis are not really necessary -- can still be rescued.

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