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        5/26/2013, Sivan 17, 5773

      Tzohar Rabbis: Go All Out for Rabbi Stav as Chief Rabbi


      Following the withdrawal of legislation that would have allowed Rabbi Ya'akov Ariel to run for the post of Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi, the Tzohar rabbinical organization called for an all-out effort to elect it's chairman, Rabbi David Stav, to the post. In doing so, Tzohar noted that Rabbis Ariel and Stav worked together to write the organization's "Third of Elul Program" for changing the Chief Rabbinate.

      In its statement, Tzohar said, "Early last year, we were the first to investigate the possibility of electing Rabbi Ya'akov Ariel as Chief Rabbi of Israel and it became clear to us that this move is not possible politically, legally and practically," a finding born out by withdrawal of the legislation. Tzohar said Rabbi Stav would restore the faith of the public in the Chief Rabbinate and make it a central body in the state.