On the morning of the day he was elected to lead Israel’s Rabbinate, Rabbi David Lau attended the brit mila of his grandson at the City Tower hotel in Ramat gan.
They probably teach you to make a bracha on a really big kiddush cup early on in chief rabbi boot camp.
Kidding aside, if not for the political aspect of the election, if not for the principle that the rabbinate should reflect the public it serves—meaning that if Haredim ignore it, we shouldn’t have Haredim running it—I probably would have preferred Rabbi Lau for the job.
His father, Rabbi Israel Lau, was one of the most popular chief rabbis. Rabbi David Lau is only 46, youngest ever to be elected to this job. He served in the army. He hosts TV and radio shows. Perfect.
So I’m happy over the choice, while being seriously concerned about Jewish Home’s political skills, of which they have few.
This is Rabbi David Lau’s Facebook page.
You think Moshe Rabeinu would have had a Facebook page had he lived today?
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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