Rabbi Ya'akov Shapiro, head of the Mercaz Harav yeshiva in Jerusalem, who has been mentioned as a candidate for Chief Rabbi of Israel, criticized, Sunday, attacks on the Chief Rabbinate. Interviewed by Arutz Sheva's Hebrew service, Rabbi Shapiro said he felt the institution was stronger than all of those who were getting on its case, whether or not their criticism was intentional. He said there are positive forces at work in the rabbinate which need the tools to do what is needed to be done, and that the rabbinate will get stronger than the critics although only time would tell.
Contrary to the claims of candidates for Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Shapiro said he feels that "the Rabbinate is built on tradition and, on the basis of tradition, it is possible to run everything and to do what must be done. I don't think we need to make some kind of "reform" and all sorts of loaded words that may sound nice in the media but not on the practical side of things." He said he was not following the media wars about the Rabbinate elections. Regarding his own plans, he used religious terms to say they were a private matter he was not going to discuss.