Sunday, January 16, 2022

Chief Rabbi: Does Rabbi Druckman think he's equal to Rabbi Ovadia Yosef?

Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef strongly criticized Rabbi Chaim Druckman, one of the leading rabbis of the Religious Zionist movement, over his personal support for the authority of municipal rabbis to perform conversions in Israel.

Rabbi Yosef said: "Rabbi Druckman said he agreed that there could be conversions of city rabbis, but only with the consent of the Chief Rabbinate. I wonder about him. How can you agree to this? Rabbi Elyashiv objected to it. My father (Rabbi Ovadia Yosef) objected to it. All the leaders of the generation objected to it. With all due respect to Rabbi Druckman, is he like [my father] when it comes to Torah? Is he like Rabbi Elyashiv? What a gap [exists between him and them] ..."

"So how can you disagree with [my father]? How can you disagree with Rabbi Elyashiv? They are against the [increased powers] for municipal rabbis because they want to give to the municipal rabbis like the rabbi of Shoham. That's their goal, so how can you say 'it's good?' What's good about it? It's the worst, and it must be fought," he said.

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