As a Modern Orthodox rabbi living in Australia who has met Rabbi Stav, I strongly believe that your dire prediction of his inability to change anything should he be elected as Chief Rabbi is overly pessimistic. Although I am unqualified to judge how he will be able to modify the currently conservative institution that is the Chief Rabbinate, Rabbi Stav has already proved, through his Tzohar organisation, that non-Orthodox and especially secular Israelis can be drawn towards sn Orthodox rabbi who works with them during their marriage preparation and gets to know them before their wedding day, who restricts himself to one chuppah in a day and does not charge for his services. No more of the "Mi HaChatan?" (Who's the Brudegroom?") disgrace that has characterised those designated by the Chief Rabbinate to perform weddings having never met the couple in their lives before the wedding day. Your characterisation of "Orthodox Halakhah" as stuck in the 16th Century shows your bias and total misunderstanding of the halakhic process. It is not entirely your fault, however. Much of the blame goes to the current Orthodox religious leadership who are either Haredi or who talk as if the value of Eretz Yisrael is the only value of importance in Jewish life today. Neither have presented traditional Judaism, rooted and grounded in our shared halakhic tradition but which responds appropriately to modernity, as the rich way of life that it is. Rabbis like Rabbi Stav can begin that important work and reclaim the proper place of Torah in Israel.
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