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Livni, Bennett Back Bill to Pretend Jews Need Only One Chief Rabbi

The idea of “One Rabbi for One People” sounds lovely, but can Jews really get along with each other if they have nothing to argue about?
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.

There almost certainly are enough “secular” Knesset Members who are too deeply rooted in Jewish tradition to support a merger that is more likely to tear apart the People of Israel rather than unite it.

Arguments and differences of opinion are what made the Talmud so great.

Can anyone imagine Jews not arguing about whether the single chief rabbi should be Sephardi or Ashkenazi.

And if they didn’t argue, how could the Jewish people survive?

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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5 Responses to “Livni, Bennett Back Bill to Pretend Jews Need Only One Chief Rabbi”

  1. 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.

  2. Dan Silagi says:

    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.

  3. Ch Hoffman says:

    One nation
    One set of laws of kashrut
    Leave your Polish customs in Kracow

  4. 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.

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