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White Smoke in Jerusalem: It’s Rabbis Lau and Yosef

147 out of 150 members of the election body voted.
Two rabbis for two Jewish communities: Israel's new chief rabbis,  Sephardi Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef (R) and Ashkenazi Rabbi David Lau.

Two rabbis for two Jewish communities: Israel's new chief rabbis, Sephardi Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef (R) and Ashkenazi Rabbi David Lau.

In Jerusalem on Wednesday evening the vote on the next chief Ashkenazi and Sephardi rabbis has been concluded. Israel’s new chief rabbis are, for the Sephardim Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, for the Ashkenazim Rabbi David Lau.

Three competed for Chief Sephardi Rabbi: Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, son of Shas spiritual leader Rav Ovadia Yosef; Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, son former chief rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu, and Rabbi Tzion Boaron.

The three competing for Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi were: Rabbi David Stav, head of Tzohar; Rabbi David Lau, son of former chief rabbi, Rabbi Israel Lau; and Rabbi Yaakov Shapira.

147 out of 150 members of the election body voted.

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10 Responses to “White Smoke in Jerusalem: It’s Rabbis Lau and Yosef”

  1. Nepotism in the Rabbinate?

  2. Nepotism in the Rabbinate?

  3. Ch Hoffman says:

    The new dynasty candidates have won by default. By de fault of the paucity of real leadership in the Israeli rabbinate where the best and the brightest are either aligned with the Haredim and working for their own special interests (family subsidies and draft evasion) or with the "believe in the rocks of the hills" movement and are more concerned with blocking a path to peace than with the spiritual (and civil-religious) concerns of their fellow Jews.

    When Hasidim are dissatisfied with the next generation of Rebbe forced on them, they'll slowly but surely move to a different shtibble or a whole different kehila; when the Jews of Israel feel that they've been forced into a new regime of nepotism, they might well be forced into their own redirection. The big question is "where will they turn".

  4. Anonymous says:

    The headline of 'white smoke' equates these Rabbinical positions with the sign for used for an elected Pope?
    NOT APPROPRIATE.

  5. Get them out of the government, take the Kotel out of their hands, stop subsidizing them and make them work for a living.

  6. I for one could not have said it better, we should not compare ourselves to others when we are the FIRST and the only truth.

  7. "White Smoke" is definitely inappropriate. "Be not like them!"

  8. please don't become like the Vatican, who is the same as the roman empire where people give homage to the pope, instead of Ceasar, but now under the guise of Christianity.

  9. please don't become like the Vatican, who is the same as the roman empire where people give homage to the pope, instead of Ceasar, but now under the guise of Christianity.

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