New proposals are being made to raise the age limit placed on candidates running for the position of Chief Rabbi of Israel. Currently a candidate must be under 70 years old. This would eliminate Rabbi Yaakov Ariel who recently has been promoted as a possible contender. Attorney Mordechai Eisenberg, Chairman of the Movement for Fairness in Government told Arutz Sheva news on Wednesday that older candidates bring with them the enrichment they have acquired over the years. He is one of the many now advocating a change in the rules.
Israel has two Chief Rabbis, one for the Ashkenazic community and one for the Sephardic community. It is an elected position that lasts for ten years. The Ethiopian community also has a "kes", the equivalent of a Rebbe,, that serves as an official representative in the Chief Rabbinical council, or Rabbinate. The Chief Rabbinate is responsible for marriages, divorces, burials, and other matters within the realm of Jewish law.