While the election for chief rabbi of Israel has been viewed as the most bitter and divisive in recent memory a festive atmosphere seems to prevail as the polling drew to a close on Wednesday. Candidates for Chief Rabbi and members of the electorate joined hands and danced in a circle, singing in unison.
Once every 10 years the 150 member electorate gathers to vote in the new Chief Rabbi for the Ashkenazi and Sephardi communities The two rabbis jointly lead the Rabbinate, in charge of marriages, divorce, burials and other life cycle events. Rabbi David Stav and Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu were caught on video smiling and dancing at onlookers burst into song at the Leonardo Plaza Hotel in Jerusalem. The results of the election are expected at 8:00 PM.
Click here for a video of the dancing on Arutz Sheva's Hebrew language news service.