Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger has come out against the growing number of public letters signed by rabbonim, saying they lead to disrespect towards rabbonim.
Speaking at a Yerushalayim conference recently, Rabbi Metzger said, “Today there’s a new fashion – rabbis’ letters. It started in the north, when they decided who to sell to and who not to sell to, and then the counter letters began. And then there were letters about the District Court, whether it was right or wrong in convicting former President Moshe Katsav. Then I received a rabbis’ letter about the social workers’ strike.
Rabbio Metzger noted that although he supports the social workers, “All these letters are becoming slightly exaggerated.”
The chief rabbi explained why the letters were problematic: “Tomorrow they’ll issue a letter against raising petrol prices, and then a letter in support of (ousted Egyptian President Hosni) Mubarak. Do we need a rabbis’ letter about every single thing?”
Rabbi Metzger spoke during a conference of the Commemorating Fallen Soldiers association, which helps bereaved families from the religious sector.
The Ashkenazi chief rabbi’s remarks followed a series of letters issued by senior rabbis from different Religious Zionism factions and reported by Ynet since December, with the first letter calling on Jews not to rent apartments to foreigners. One of the initiators of the letter, which was initially signed by 50 rabbis, was the Chief Rabbi of Tzefas Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu.