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        5/12/2013, Sivan 3, 5773

      Samarian Rabbi: Only Rabbi Ariel can Prevent Rift


      Rabbi Elyakim Levanon of Elon Moreh, who serves as Samaria's (Shomron's) regional rabbi, sent a letter, Sunday, to members of the Habayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home-New National Religious Party) Knesset faction, in which he called upon them not to change the the makeup of the group that chooses the chief rabbi of Israel.

      Recalling history from Jewish antiquity, he wrote that if the kingdoms of Israel and Judah had listened to the elders and not to the children, the rift between the two kingdoms could have been avoided. Similarly, contemporary elders who support changing the Chief Rabbinate Law to allow Rabbi Ya'akov Ariel to run for the post of chief rabbi should be listened to in order to avoid a split in the nation. The desired change would remove the age barrier that currently prevents Rabbi Ariel from running.

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