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  7/24/2013, Av 17, 5773

Despite Loss, Tzohar Group Calls for "Revolution"


Rabbi David Stav continued his call for a "revolution" in the way the Rabbinate works. The head of the Tzohar organization came in second in the race for Ashkenazi chief rabbi. But despite his loss on Wednesday night, Rabbi Stav pledged his support to the two new heads of the Israeli Rabbinate.

"The Tzohar Organization and Rabbi David Stav welcome Rabbi David Lau and Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef as the chief rabbis of Israel," a statement read. It continued, "we hope the new chief rabbis will work to change the Rabbinate and succeed in reconnecting to the general Israeli public, the public that the Chief Rabbis are intended to serve."

Rabbi Stav said Tzohar would continue to stand up against "separatism and extremism" and promote "unity of secular and traditional Israelis so that we can continue to influence the approach of the religious establishment on the pressing issues of unclear Jewish lineage, kosher certification, conversion, and marriage."