Rabbi Michael Melchior 521.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
A week after his name was first raised by the press as a potential replacement
for UK Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, on Sunday Rabbi Michael Melchior put the
brakes on such an option saying he was perfectly happy staying in
“I never spoke or thought about it before until it came up in the
press,” the Danish-born religious leader said. “There’s a reason I made aliya –
this is the center of Jewish people – and I’m happy being here working on what
matters to me.”
At the same time, the former government minister said the
one lesson he learned from his political career is “one must never say
Melchior said he was following the search for a successor to
Sacks, who is set to step down in September 2013, the same way he follows
developments in the Jewish world in general – as an active member of the
community and observer of the Jewish people.
Melchior said he was
flattered by the hundreds of letters he received from British Jews in response
to the rumors that he might lead its religious establishment, but added that at
the moment he had no plans to go anywhere.
Other rabbis whose names have
come up as potential replacements for Sacks include Rabbi Warren Goldstein,
chief rabbi of South Africa, as well as Londoners Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and Rabbi