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Sharansky Supporting Rabbi Avi Weiss vs. Rabbinate, RCA

At last a sane official in this bizarre tale of Haredim vs. Zionists.
Natan Sharansky with Jewisih Home leader Naftali Bennett

Natan Sharansky with Jewisih Home leader Naftali Bennett
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Chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel Natan Sharansky has released the following statement regarding the debate surrounding Rabbi Avi Weiss:

“Rabbi Avi Weiss is a prominent leader of the Modern Orthodox Jewish world. By his teachings and his personal example, he has inspired and raised generations of Jews in the spirit of kol yisra’el arevim zeh la-zeh (the principle that all Jews are responsible for one another) and with a deep commitment to the Jewish people and the State of Israel.

“Rabbi Weiss’s commitment and integrity are beyond reproach, which is why I find the ongoing discussion about his Rabbinic credentials absurd.

“As Chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency, I would like to state clearly that our shlichim (emissaries) will continue to honor Rabbi Weiss’s certifications and recommendations, as we have been proud to do up until now.”

Rabbi Weiss complained recently that the Israeli Chief rabbinate and the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) were in cahoots to disqualify “Liberal Orthodox” rabbis by the Rabbinate refusing to honor their recommendation of their congregants as proper Jews.

As we wrote here earlier, this created a situation in which the largely anti-Zionist Rabbinate, comprised of wall-to-wall Haredim, was collaborating with the RCA, catering mostly to Orthodox Jews who are comfortable staying in New Jersey – to block Zionist Orthodox American Jews from making aliyah.

Hopefully, this madness will be corrected now, possibly with some additional help from Minister of Religious Services Naftali Bennett, who dropped the ball this year on electing a National Religious Chief Rabbi.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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9 Responses to “Sharansky Supporting Rabbi Avi Weiss vs. Rabbinate, RCA”

  1. Yonatan Uziel says:

    Hard to argue with ‘Prisoner of Zion’ Sharansky, but he is so far off base here it is very sad. He should have stayed out of this one because his image as a hero is now irreparably damaged. Avi Weiss has done a terrific job in kiruv, but his shoulders are not big enough (read: he is not a big enough talmid chacham) to have instituted the changes that he has. (Read: http://www.yucommentator.org/2013/12/open-orthodoxy-a-response-to-rabbi-shmuly-yanklowitz/?wpmp_tp=0)

  2. some of the behaviors of the Chief rabbinate are a Chillul Hashem. The Chief rabbinate needs transparency and clear guidelines

  3. Avi Weiss has no halachic credibility! He lacks the knowledge,certification(Yadin Yadin semicha)and above all Yiras Schmayim. Weiss and his ilk have not one universally Posak! When the RCA the modern Orthodox association disowns Weiss what more is there to say!? As it is, modern Orthodoxy is the weakest link in the Orthodox chain and thw Weisnicks are a missing" link" The secular Israeli and the more radical secularists are against Judaism! Ilk as Dov Lipman(Ner Yisroel Rabbinical College has disowned him),Shai Peron(his private semicha from the late Chief Rabbi Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu would have disown Peron), both belong to the anti-religious Yesh Ahtid! In the Chanukah era these ilk would be Mityavnim and the Macabees executed tens of thousands of these traitors. Watch every Wednesday bcat.tv scroll down to Community Media then click Brooklyn Publick Network, then click on the arrow in channel 2 , 10:P00Am & 6;00Pm New York Time On Thursdays go to mnn.org 12:00NOON click on number 4 Judaism below Watch Now!

  4. i guess sinas chinum and loshon hora arent sins in your judaism. You repulse me.

  5. Ben Yosef Shomer says:

    thank you rabbi Friedman, it's time to stand up against the plans of the reshaim yimach shemam

  6. Ben Yosef Shomer says:

    Michael Mostofsky , the plans of the "open liberal orthodox", the reformers etc are , NAVAL ve NEVEL (hamevin mevin)

  7. Yonatan Uziel says:

    Not withstanding much of the critiscism of the Orthodox establishment above (which is true in most cases) Avi Weiss, an excellent crusader for freeing Soviet Jewry in the 60′, 70′s and 80′s, and a passionate and influential religious zionist, and a very sincere Jew – there are some areas that ‘stam’ congregational rabbis (which is all Avi Weiss is) should fear to tread. He is not a major talmid chacham, has no authority as a halachic mechadesh (mandate to institute new variations of Jewish law), and is leading Jews halachikally astray. To bad he has messed up an up-to-now illustrious career.

  8. Yechiel Baum says:

    Any "rabbi: who maligns Rabbi Avi Wiess does so with malice and jealousy since that person lacks any credibility of being a Jew. Even the alleged "rabbi" Friedman. Rabbi Wiess and Rabbi Mier Kahane has done more for Judaism that ANY other rabbi this centure since they practice what they preach instead of "HIDDING" in the warmth of a yeshiva and have students to go out to beg for donations so that friedman and Nuteri Karti, satmar rabbis can fly first class back and forth to Israel or pretend to visit their rebbes in Europe whereas I see them actually visiting their families and spas at our expense. It is time that Jews should determine who is a Rabbi and not this haredi club of counterfeit unemployed Jews who have much real estate, stocks, and wealth are planning their next vacation to Israel or the mountains.. SHAME ON YOU!

    Rabbi Wiess – you do not need these counterfit Jews to determine your position since true Jews in the USA, Russia, Syria, and Israel remember you in bad weather demonstrating for their freedom while these counterfit rabbi's were sleeping around, molesting their students but you lead Jews, setting an example for me and thousands of others how to be a practicing Jew instead of a reading about Judaism and doing nothing that is required!

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