There are no moderate rabbis
The battle for control over the Chief Rabbinate is not between moderates and extremists, or between enlightened members of religious Zionism against the uneducated Haredim, but rather between two aggressive groups that are fighting over the fees paid by the public
Rabbi David Stav’s campaign to be Israel’s Ashkenzai chief rabbi illustrates the rule that there are no moderate rabbis, nor can there be. That the very idea of a liberal Orthodox authority is contaminated by a deep internal contradiction that cannot be bridged. Especially when that authority rests upon state coercion, and not public will.
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