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  1. Why didn’t this guy write this while HaRav Ovadia ztl was alive. Answer: He would have gotten blasted for these comments. Why don’t we do away with that shabby government if you’re going to throw out the chief rabbinet.

    Comment by Aharon Yaaqob — January 20, 2014 @ 6:45 AM

  2. Whenever we had chief rabbis, they were always appointed by the Soviet government, or the Keiser, they were never part of the people. If Israel wants to live according to the Torah, they should adopt Torah law, not Torah clerks.

    Comment by Moishe Pupik — January 20, 2014 @ 7:25 AM

  3. I agree with you Aharon! But the Rabbis will remain always, they are the essentials in our culture!

    Comment by Rachelli Maiter — January 20, 2014 @ 8:15 AM

  4. 100%

    Comment by Saša Marković — January 20, 2014 @ 8:18 AM

  5. One step closer to return Sanhedrin

    Comment by Dmitry Chernokozov — January 20, 2014 @ 1:20 PM

  6. It can never be forgotten that this is a Jewish Nation. Rabbis are essential.As much as the Worl would like it to be a secular country and thus “Less Jewish”, that should never happen.

    Comment by Violet Helms — January 20, 2014 @ 3:42 PM

  7. if the chief rabbi does not order all able men to serve in the army, then they are useless as it shows the world they have self serving.

    Comment by Yechiel Baum — January 21, 2014 @ 4:24 AM

  8. Moshe Pupic, you are mistaken. In Europe, every town had a Chief Rabbi who was picked by the people.
    The writer uses very strong, repugnant words describing rabbis. Even if he is not Observant, these are men who are very learned and for the most part earned more respect than the writer gives them.

    Comment by Silky Pitterman — January 22, 2014 @ 12:24 PM

  9. We are not in Europe. We are in a free country, where every Jew is free to define his or her faith and not be indoctrinated, especially not by Haredi rabbis who have nothing in common with him. And I am very much observant. I mean, look at my picture, for heaven's sake.

    Comment by Moishe Pupik — January 22, 2014 @ 2:13 PM

  10. First: The Knesset has absolutely no right being in the rabbi business at all. Second, Israel needs a chief rabbi like Silky Pitterman needs a second head.

    Comment by Dan Silagi — January 22, 2014 @ 2:33 PM

  11. Judaism is not a tradition of rabbis, it's a tradition of God loving people who dedicate themselves to following the commandments. When we need guidance, we turn to the rabbi of our choosing. That hardly justifies two offices and gigantic staffs and millions of dollars. A phone call takes care of it. maybe a Skype.

    Comment by Moishe Pupik — January 22, 2014 @ 5:46 PM

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