Religious Zionists vie for post of Israel's chief Ashkenazi rabbi
In an effort to break the ultra-Orthodox grip on Israel's Chief Rabbinate, three religious Zionists are angling for the top post. But the community is splintered among various factions, and an upcoming vote for candidacy is escalating tensions.
The date for selection of a successor to Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger has not yet been set, but among the national religious public in the Ashkenazi community – Jews of Eastern and northern European descent – the race is already causing a major stir. Three individuals have already presented themselves as potential candidates for the position.