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August 2, 2015 / 17 Av, 5775
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Report: Rabbinate May Be Plotting to Dump Rabbi Riskin of Efrat

Monday, May 25th, 2015

The Chief Rabbinate met in Jerusalem on Monday to discuss whether to extend the term of Efrat’s Chief Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, but it postponed a decision until he appears personally for another hearing.

An extension of Rabbi Riskin’s term requires a special meeting because he is now 75 years old, but the Kipa website reported, “Senior officials in the Rabbinate plan to hold a discussion on his term of office and not automatically renew it in order to block his re-appointment because of his opinions. If there will be another discussion of the entire Rabbinate, a majority will vote against Rabbi Riskin.”

Rabbi Riskin supports establishing more religious courts to oversee conversions, a move that is stiffly opposed by the Hareidi establishment. He also has been active in promoting women’s rights in the Orthodox world, another move that the Hareidi establishment considers near blasphemy.

Rabbi Riskin’s office told The Jewish Press that it was not aware of the report by Kipa, but previous rabbis over the age of 70 have been asked to retire, regardless of their opinions. The spokesman for the Rabbinate told The Jewish Press that there have been cases where the term of a rabbi over the age of 70 has been extended, depending on his health.

Nevertheless, Monday’s discussion raises several questions to which the spokesman for the Chief Rabbinate said, “I don’t know.”

He said that Rabbis Riskin will be asked to appear personally, probably in the next several weeks, to answer questions about his health.

If that is the case, why didn’t the Chief Rabbinate ask for his medical records?

I don’t know.

Why didn’t the Rabbinate invite Rabbi Riskin today?

I don’t know.

Will Rabbi Riskin’s views on conversion be discussed in the upcoming hearing?

I don’t know.

However, the spokesman did confirm that the issue of conversion was not discussed today.

A decision to retire Rabbi Riskin, the founding rabbi of Lincoln Square Synagogue on the Upper West Side of New York City, without any other basis than opposition to his views could spur a legal battle in the Supreme Court. The Religious Affairs Ministry is now under the control of the Shas party, which may influence the Rabbinate’s decision in favor of ousting Rabbi Riskin.

Shas party leader Aryeh Deri is close to Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef, son of the late Rav Ovadia Yosef who founded the Shas party and was its spiritual leader until his death less than two years ago.

Hopefully, this report by The Jewish Press.com will arouse public opinion, influence the Rabbinate, and pave the way for the distinguished rabbis to extend Rabbi Riskin’s term.

Read: TZOHAR’s statement on the upcoming hearing.

Efrat’s Emergency Command Center, and the National-Service Girls Who Run It

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

One Injured in Gush Etzion Stone Throwing Attack

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Arab stone throwers lightly injured a woman near the Husan Bypass in Gush Etzion, which is between Efrat and Betar, off of Highway 60.

The stone throwing is continuing against IDF troops arriving at the scene.

The injured woman is being treated for minor cuts and panic, but she doesn’t need to be taken to the hospital.

One Injured in Attack Near Efrat

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

A person was injured in an Arab stone-throwing attack on Road 60 between El Hadr (Beitar turnoff) and Efrat North in Gush Etzion.

Stones hit a bus’s windshield, and one person was lightly injured in the face.

Child Labor

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

No, these aren’t illegal child laborers making Matzah in some underground sweatshop. It’s a bunch of kids making Matzah in an underground Chabad House in Efrat.

The Efrat Marathon

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

Lately it seems that everything interesting is happening in Efrat.

On Friday, hundreds of runners of all ages (apparently dogs too) took part in the Efrat marathon.

Efrat’s IDF Training Drill

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

IDF soldiers, reservists and local security units participated in a massive training drill in the town of Efrat, Gush Etzion, reenacting an infiltration of terrorists into the settlement, on March 02, 2015.

The IDF’s central command called a surprise training exercise in the West Bank to test reservists’ alertness and to prepare for the possibility of a possible escalation in Judea and Samaria.

Efrat is a beautiful town!

Efrat IDF Training on Map

Injured IDF Training Drill

IDF Training in Efrat Woods

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