The Religious Zionists of America will be the first American Jewish organization
to invite new Ashkenazi chief rabbi David Lau to the US since his election last
Wednesday, RZA’s chairman, attorney Martin Oliner, told The Jerusalem Post on
Lau reached out to Jews around the world in an interview in
Friday’s Post. He said he intends to use his position to unite not only Jews in
Israel but also the Jewish people all around the world.
Oliner is close
to Tzohar founder Rabbi David Stav, who lost to Lau in the election.
the RZA chairman said it was time for religious Zionists in Israel and America
to work together with Lau and newly elected Sephardi chief rabbi Yitzhak
“It would have been nice to have Rabbi Stav as chief rabbi, but we
need to embrace Rabbi Lau and move on,” Oliner said.
“Rabbi Lau has not
been welcomed in the Zionist community and it’s a mistake. We will be
welcoming to Rabbi Yosef and Rabbi Lau, who will continue a great
The Rabbinical Council of America, the largest organization
of Orthodox rabbis in North America, issued a statement congratulating Lau and
Yosef on their election, calling them both “accomplished Torah scholars and men
whose ways are those of pleasantness and peace.”
RCA’s president, Rabbi
Leonard Matanky, said his organization “looked forward to working with the new
chief rabbis and welcomed opportunities to learn from them and to share with
them the the RCA’s experiences in engaging Jews, from all backgrounds, in the
eternal conversations of Torah.”
The Orthodox Union wished both chief
rabbis well and expressed the organization’s willingness to cooperate closely
with them as they strive to educate the Jewish people in the values of
“We are confident that they will bring their considerable talents
to bear on resolving the pressing problems which confront our people,” the OU
“We pray that they are successful in healing the divisiveness from
which we suffer.
We look forward to their tenure with great hope and
eagerly anticipate working closely with both of them in achieving the glorious
visions of peace, brotherhood and authentic spirituality which were set forward
by our prophets.”
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