Divvying up the rabbinate’s spoils
Instead of supporting Rabbi Stav, secular leaders should propose a real reform: separating religion and state, instituting civil marriage and granting equal status to Reform and Conservative rabbis.
The political world has been busying itself in recent weeks with the race for the next Ashkenazi chief rabbi. The main issue is the candidacy of Rabbi David Stav, chairman of the Tzohar organization. Stav’s supporters present him as a reformer who will rescue the state rabbinate from the clutches of Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) rabbis, give it a Zionist character and improve service to the public.