Four Candidates for position of Chief Rabbi, Rabbis David Stav, Eliezer Igra, Yaakov Shapira and David Lau were asked to address the issue of future Rabbinical intervention in state affairs.
Rabbi Lau said, “When the Rabbinate projects heartfelt concern for the nation, it will also command influence on matters of statehood and politics.”
Rabbi Igra added, “It is incumbent upon the Rabbinate to take a stand on matters of State and government in order to ensure observance of Torah Law on a national level.”
According to Rabbi Stav, “The Rabbinate must be familiar with all matters of state from a professional perspective, avoiding detached Torah rulings that belong in a European Shtetl of the past, and provide those that are, on the contrary, contemporary and applicable.”
Rabbi Shapira concluded, “The Chief Rabbinate must unite Israeli Rabbis for the essential task of providing Torah education that addresses all Jews, serving as their Halakhic authority and role model.”