Jews don't need any chief rabbis. My great-great uncle was Chief Rabbi of St. Louis. After he died (long before I was born), the City of St. Louis decided they needed Stan Musial much more than they needed a chief rabbi. A wise choice.
Comment by Dan Silagi — November 11, 2013 @ 11:48 PM
How about simply abolishing the post of Chief Rabbi altogether. The concept of a Chief Rabbi for the country is not even a Jewish concept. It was a creation of the British. In the UK, the Church of England is official state church. Other religions are free to operate and it has become the practice to have a leader in the UK to represent minority faiths. Some have a leader built in – the Catholics are represented by the senior member of the hierarchy in the UK. Jews had no such thing so this post of Chief Rabbi was invented in the UK and exported to British colonies and territories. When Israel gained independence, the Chief Rabbi system was maintained. However it was not ordained from Sinai. This post has become a political football and a lightning rod for conflict over differences in how one lives as a Jew etc. Time to get rid of this anachronism.
I'm sefardi and I would support this one-rabbi bill. We must have one minhag in Israel, there is no need to maintain zillions of customs. It is time to create it, a consensus can be found on each issue.