The Spanish Chief Rabbi under attack by the Commission: In a letter sent today (Thursday) by the Ombudsman for Judges, Uri Shoham, he called on the Minister of Religious Affairs, Matan Kahana, to remove the Sephardic Chief Rabbi, Rishon LeZion Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef, from his position as a judge in the Rabbinical Court, And against the conversion reform.
The letter came against the background of the rabbi’s problematic statements, including the claim that the reforms “their ultimate goal is the abolition of the Jewish identity of the State of Israel and the elimination of the rabbinical institution in Israel.” The government, contrary to the rules of ethics for Dayanim.
Kahana responded to their decision calling on him to rebuke Rabbi Yosef: “The freedom of speech and expression of rabbis and spiritual leaders, even if they hold a government position, is the core of the trust that a hearing audience acquires for their value and spiritual leader. In recent months, I have been personally hurt several times by the statements of the Rishon Lezion Gaon Rabbi Yosef, however I gritted my teeth and remained silent. I will do the same this time as long as the law allows me to. “
The freedom of speech and expression of rabbis and spiritual leaders, even if they hold a government office, is at the core of the trust that a hearing audience acquires to take on their valued and spiritual leader.
The day when the rabbis will shut their mouths will be the day when they will lose the trust of their pastors and listeners. https://t.co/KF8nM6LGMt
– Matan Kahana Matan Kahana (@MatanKahana) November 25, 2021
On behalf of the President of the Grand Court, Rabbi Lau, it was stated that he outright rejects the determination of the Ombudsman “who ignores the rules of ethics for judges according to which a rabbi’s statement on a halakhic issue is not only an authority but also an obligation. “The halakhah and the observance of ‘you shall not live before anyone.’
MK Yinon Azulai (Shas): “Judge Uri Shoham’s decision is a scandalous decision that every Jew should be shocked and hurt by the violation of the honor of the Torah. The Rishon LeZion Gaon Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef Shlita in his words continues the copying of the rumor and Torah knowledge of the rabbis of Israel since time immemorial and so he will continue to do so without fear and apprehension. This is the Torah will not be replaced. I suggest to Judge Shoham to concentrate his energies on dealing with the problems in the justice system, and there are many of them. “
The Chief Rabbis of Israel are faithful to the religion and tradition in Israel and all that this implies.
The impudence and attempt of the Ombudsman for the Judges to silence the mouth of the Rishon Lezion due to his expression of opinion on a matter at the core of his action – reminiscent of dark and dark days.
Where was the same commissioner when judges visited Brish Gali, justice ministers and prime ministers? pic.twitter.com/Sm2GIBa5Jf
– Ofir Sofer (@ofir_sofer) November 25, 2021
MK Ofir Sofer (Religious Zionism) in response: “The Chief Rabbis of Israel are faithful to the religion and tradition in Israel and all that this implies.
The impudence and attempt of the Ombudsman for the Judges to silence the mouth of the Rishon Lezion due to his opinion on a matter at the core of his work – reminiscent of dark and dark days. Where was that commissioner when judges visited Brish Gali, justice ministers and prime ministers? “
MK Uri Maklev (Torah Judaism) on the decision of Justice Uri Shoham: “The saint and he say the things present. His rebuke disturbs them to the point that they can not stand and hear it. They act contrary to the Torah of Israel and try to uproot the law and expect the Chief Rabbi to support it ?, it is his duty and it is his mission.”
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