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(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
The Anti-Defamation League sent a letter on Monday to Chief Rabbis David Lau and
Yitzhak Yosef to express concern over the Chief Rabbinate’s recent rejection of
Rabbi Avi Weiss’s credentials, and alleged that there were possibly another 10
In October, the rabbinate refused to authorize Weiss, a
respected Orthodox rabbi from New York, to give testimony on the Jewish and
marital status of former congregants wishing to register for marriage in
ADL national chairman Barry Curtiss-Lusher and the organization’s
national director, Abraham H. Foxman, said that as an organization committed to
“the well-being of Jews everywhere and to a strong relationship between the US
and Israel, we write to express our concern and disappointment in the way the
Chief Rabbinate is dealing with Rabbi Avi Weiss.”
“Your questioning his
status as an Orthodox rabbi in challenging his affirmation of the Jewishness of
a couple looking to marry is disturbing on its own. Even more disturbing are
indications that this is part of a developing trend, as reports are emerging
that there may be as many as 10 long-established Orthodox rabbis who may be
treated the same way as Rabbi Weiss,” they continued.
The letter called
on the Chief Rabbinate to “reverse this trend and truly begin a process to
unite, rather than divide, the Jewish people.”
The Jerusalem Post
understands that the Chief Rabbinate and the Rabbinical Council of America, the
primary US organization involved in the spat, are in advanced talks to reach a
deal on the issue.
The RCA would like to reach a situation in which it
would be able to authorize the testimony of members of its association, which
would then automatically be approved by the Chief Rabbinate.
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