Deputy Minister for Religious Affairs MK Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan (Bayit Yehudi - National Union) congratulated the winners of the Chief Rabbi election on Wednesday evening. He praised the two new leaders of the Rabbinate while also expressing disappointment that the candidates promoted by his own Bayit Yehudi faction did not win. He commented that he hoped secular Israelis would not reject the Rabbinate out of a perceived stringency of the newly elected Chief Rabbis. He added that he even though the candidates perceived to be more encompassing lost, all Israelis from religious to secular should understand the importance of the Chief Rabbis and the Rabbinate.
Member of Knesset Ben-Dahan, as an official of the Religious Affairs Ministry, was tasked with announcing the results of the vote. He personally served in the Director-General of the Rabbinical Courts for over 20 years before becoming an MK.
The Chief Rabbis will preside over the Rabbinate which is comprised of such departments as: cemeteries and burial, conversion services, holy sites, military chaplains, kosher food certification, mikvot, services for Ethiopian Jewry, wedding related services and more.