Skip to comments.Borderline views: The shame of the elections for chief rabbi
Posted on 07/08/2013 11:52:31 PM PDT by sf4dubya
It has always been questionable whether Israel required a chief rabbinate. It has never represented more than a small section of the population the majority of secular Israel have no desire for such an institution, while the haredi (ultra-Orthodox) population the most rapidly growing sector of the countrys Jewish population do not recognize its authority.
To put it in its simplest religious terms, the fight to determine who will be Israels next set of chief rabbis has been nothing short of a chilul Hashem a desecration of Gods name.
What has been going on is nothing short of a disgrace. If there ever was a public institution which has become totally discredited in the eyes of the people it is meant to serve, it is surely the Israeli Chief Rabbinate. Many are rightly asking: if this the depth to which this institution has sunk, is it perhaps time to seek an alternative mechanism by which religion can be organized in the State of Israel?
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Rabbis have gotten used to power, prestige and funds. Only answer is to maybe have ONE Head Rabbi, elected by his peers, both Ashkenazi or Sephardic. No need for the split. Problem is, it’s all about politics in Israel.
Oh please. Some goofball anti-religious peacenik professor opining on the “shame” of those who are religious. Yeah, right.
Not sure what you mean.
The Left is full of overflowing shame as Jews but I am talking about consolidating the position of Chief Rabbi, one Rabbi for one country, enough with the internal divides...
So will the one Chief Rabbi follow Sefardic or Ashkenaz customs?
The State of Israel recognizes something like 12 separate Christian communities. Shouldn’t they just have one leader to deal with the government?
How about a King, the Kohanim, and the Battei-Din?
Custom should be honored but the whole problem with these religions (where there is no sperataion between religion and state), is the “sects” issue.
All the qurareling and squabling has to do with who has access to power and funds.
In Israel, there should be 1 Rabbi, 1 Priest, 1 Imam (WAKF) and 1 rep. for each other MAJOR faith. One Rabbi. They should all come together (unrealistic) and vote for their sole rep. If they cannot agree (of course they won’t be able to) then they lose out on the funding recognition and ... prestige.
I don’t support the concept of a chief rabbinate because of the Torah.
Oh, and they compltetely when they said a converted Jew not practicing orthodox (which orthodox? The one that says I can’t walk on the same side of the street as my husband? Or the other one who is anti-Zionist?) was no longer a Jew.
They are better off with a council of sages from all the different sects. I’d pay to watch those debates! Best reality TV ever!