Israel’s Chief Rabbi, Rav Yona Metzger, is reaching the end of his term in office in the upcoming months, and according to him the possibility of going for a second term is out of the question, or is it?
As the government is poised to vote in favor of what some are calling the Amar Law, which allows head rabbis to contend for a second term, the chief Ashkenazi rabbi promise he will sit out the race for the rabbinate. However, Thursday he did seem to hint at the possibility he would in fact consider a second term.
When asked at the end of the traditional Birkas Kohanim, held Thursday at the Kosel, if this would be his last, Rav Metzger answered: “Are you deciding for me? I don’t know myself.”
When explicitly asked whether he would vie for a second term, he said: ‘For the meantime it’s not relevant.”
Chief Rabbi Rav Shlomo Amar, who also partook in the Birkas Kohanim for the last time of his current term, answered the same inquiry saying: “We hope Am Yisrael will feel well and be joyous – I will be chief rabbi and after me there will be another chief rabbi. This is idle chatter, they make no difference.”
The ratification of the Amar Law, promised to the Habayit Hayehudi in their coalition agreement, was formulated to allow Rav Amar to serve a second term, and thus allowing Shas to support Naftali Bennett’s candidate for the Ashkenazi chief rabbi.
However, if Rav Metzger decides to run for a second term it might shift the balance of power in the rabbinate’s voting body, marring the chances of an election of a Zionist rabbi, as Bennett had originally wanted.
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