Rabbi David Stav 370.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Bayit Yehudi MK Uri Orbach lost patience with the interminable
squabble regarding the candidacy for Ashkenazi chief rabbi by publicly
endorsing Rabbi David Stav Monday night as his preferred candidate for
Orbach is the first Bayit Yehudi MK to publicly back any candidate, in an issue that has bitterly divided the party.
Bayit Yehudi’s rabbinic leadership has fervently pushed for the nomination
of Rabbi Yaakov Ariel, the chief municipal rabbi of Ramat Gan, but
because he is past the age of eligibility for the job, and due to
support for Stav from coalition partners Yesh Atid, Yisrael Beytenu and
Hatnua, the chances of Ariel’s candidacy moving forward are now
And on Tuesday morning, Rabbi Haim Druckman, who
has been leading the push for Ariel, said that Stav should have
withdrawn his candidacy in favor of Ariel.
Writing on his Facebook wall, Orbach said that he would be supporting Stav’s candidacy with no caveats.
now, after the chances for the election of Rabbi Ariel have been
reduced to zero (as was known and expected from the start) we need to
support the candidacy of the person which the “deal” was principally
designed to torpedo,” Orbach wrote in reference to Stav and a proposed
political deal whereby Bayit Yehudi and Shas would provide mutual
support for Ariel as Ashkenazi incumbent Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo
Amar to keep his position.
“Despite all the deals and the twists
and the urgent conferences and the threats, secret and overt, Rabbi
Stav is a rabbi great in Torah, national-religious, committed to the
Jewish People and the State of Israel, a graduate of our amazing
education system, and with a program to strengthen the love of the Torah
and the connection between the rabbinate and the Jewish People,” said
“This is what the vast majority of the public, including
many rabbis who are in silent support, and the majority of our [Bayit Yehudi] voters, expect from us,” the MK continued, adding with
emphasis “OUR VOTERS!” in an attack against the Bayit Yehudi
rabbinic leadership which has provided the impetus behind the support
Orbach continued, asking, without reference to the
race for the chief rabbinate, “who was supposed to lead the political
process for the national-religious movement? Rabbis (and their aides) or
“Who are the national-religious politicians
committed to? Only to the rabbis (with their approximated political
power) or to the voting public?
“The answers for me are clearer than ever,” Orbach concluded.
response to these comments, Druckman said that at the very least,
issues regarding the rabbinate and rabbinical issues should be left to
rabbis to decide.
In reference to the apparent failure of the
Amar-Ariel deal, Druckman said “I really think Rabbi Stav should have
withdrawn his candidacy in favor of Rabbi Ariel.”