A day after winning the chief Sephardic and Ashkenazi rabbinates respectively, Rabbis Yitzhak Yosef and David Lau met with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in his Tel Aviv office on Thursday.
“You are the rabbis of all the people of Israel,” Netanyahu told them at the start of their meeting.
“In line with the famous Jewish commandment, ‘One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself,’ I congratulate you from all my heart,” the premier said. “You are the rabbis whose help, spirit, patience, and tolerance the nonreligious public needs.”
Lau was accompanied to the meeting by his father, former Ashkenazi chief rabbi Israel Meir Lau. Netanyahu asked Yosef to send wishes of good health to his father, Shas spiritual leader Ovadia Yosef. The premier also invited the rabbis to the annual Bible Contest.