Reconciliation efforts of the long-standing feud are afoot between Shas, Yahad, Chief Rabbi Yosef and Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Amar.
“Behold, I give my support to our faithful emissary who works for the sake of Heaven, who respects and appreciates our rabbis and the merit of many rests in his hands."
Amar, who referred to non-Orthodox Jews as “cursed” and people “who do every injustice in the world,” expressed himself in an exceptionally inappropriate manner for a man who holds an official title and who receives a salary from the state.
Pro-LGBT rights activists hoist the rainbow colors of the LGBT "Pride" movement outside rabbi's bureau in protest of disparaging remarks he made against the community.
The elections for chief rabbis of Jerusalem this week and Amar’s victory could be a watershed moment for the future of Shas and the Sephardi haredi sector.
Shas, UTJ mark victory over religious Zionism and Bayit Yehudi; Lau, Yosef are sons of former chief rabbis.
147 out 150 eligible voters cast ballots as polls close.
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According to deal, both parties will support candidacies of Rabbis Ariel and Amar for positions of Ashkenazi and Sephardi chief rabbi, respectively.
Party spokesman denies deal has been agreed on with Shas to cooperate on election of two new chief rabbis.