Dismantle The Rabbinate - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • David
    • 18.11.10 | 11:32 (IST)

    Ben Gurion and his cronies were clearly experts in Machiavelli's The Prince. Their decision to create a rabbinate with pain rabbis was cynical in the extreme. In doing so they created a situation where religious leaders would be punished for saying things the power elite was uncomfortable with. This Orwellian quote says it all, "Moreover, as an appointee of the state, the rabbi is obligated not to work against it. His continued incitement against the Arabs in the Galilee does not serve the needs of the state." Rabbis, like professors, must be free to speak their conscience even if it is impolitic or inconvenient to the powers that be. A rabbinate beholden to the whims of politicians is not a rabbinate at all.

    from the article: Safed rabbi to be suspended for 'inciting war between Jews and Arabs'
    First published 00:53 18.11.10 | Last updated 00:53 18.11.10
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