Grapevine: Mayor Nir Barkat champions a second, Zionist chief rabbi

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February 13, 2014 12:08

JERUSALEM HAS survived without a chief rabbi for more than a decade, but it would appear that Mayor Nir Barkat wants not only one chief rabbi, but two to take over the spiritual leadership of the capital.

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Nir Barkat 521. (photo credit:Flash 90)

JERUSALEM HAS survived without a chief rabbi for more than a decade, but it would appear that Mayor Nir Barkat wants not only one chief rabbi, but two to take over the spiritual leadership of the capital. One should be haredi and the other should come from the pro-Zionist, national-religious camp. Presumably, one should be Ashkenazi and the other Sephardi.

The name of Rabbi Aryeh Stern, director of the Halacha Brura Institute, has been bandied about in Ashkenazi religious-Zionist circles. Stern also teaches at Merkaz Harav Yeshiva and is a congregational rabbi in Katamon.

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