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Borderline views: The shame of the elections for chief rabbi
Jerusalem Post ^ | July 8, 2013 | David Newman

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 country’s Jewish population – do not recognize its authority.

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To put it in its simplest religious terms, the fight to determine who will be Israel’s next set of chief rabbis has been nothing short of a “chilul Hashem” – a desecration of God’s name.

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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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TOPICS: Judaism
KEYWORDS: israel; judaism; rabbi; rabbinate

1 posted on 07/08/2013 11:52:31 PM PDT by sf4dubya
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To: sf4dubya

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.


2 posted on 07/09/2013 12:19:46 AM PDT by Netz (Netz)
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To: Netz

Oh please. Some goofball anti-religious peacenik professor opining on the “shame” of those who are religious. Yeah, right.


3 posted on 07/09/2013 5:33:55 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: jjotto

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...


4 posted on 07/09/2013 6:50:43 AM PDT by Netz (Netz)
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To: Netz

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?


5 posted on 07/09/2013 7:12:41 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: sf4dubya
The Chief Rabbinate is not, of course, a Torah institution.

How about a King, the Kohanim, and the Battei-Din?

6 posted on 07/09/2013 7:22:06 AM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu!)
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To: jjotto

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.


7 posted on 07/09/2013 7:32:51 AM PDT by Netz (Netz)
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To: Zionist Conspirator

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!


8 posted on 07/09/2013 6:18:42 PM PDT by sf4dubya (I rebelled against my parents by becoming a conservative.)
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To: sf4dubya
I have a solution. Knock down that abomination of desolation on Mount Moriah and build a Third Temple. That way we'll have a High Priest, and I'm sure that won't be political.
Squabbling will continue barring divine intervention. Read the Bible. Nothing new under the sun.
9 posted on 07/12/2013 12:00:54 AM PDT by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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