Will Tzohar Run a Candidate for Chief Rabbi of Israel
The Israeli religious-zionist rabbinic organization Tzohar has begun a campaign (see here for the booklet) calling for changes in policies and spirit of the Chief Rabbinate. (Ynet) Among the platforms that they are calling for are the appointment of rabbinical court judges who actually decide according to what the Chief Rabbis decide, support for a prenuptial agreement, the encouragement of converting people who are the offspring of Jews who have assimilated, and the use of the heter mechira during the sabbatical year. They are also calling for the establishment of a special beit midrash that will discuss issues relating to religion and state. Did I forget to say that they also have a Facebook app?
Many people see this as the first steps in the process of running a candidate for the office of Chief Rabbi. On the local level there has apparently been some coordination between national-religious rabbis and Shas, something that they are hoping to expand to national scene.
I can’t say that I am so thrilled that anybody will be a chief rabbi, but since the office is not going away, a Tzohar candidate might be a breath of fresh air.