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  9/4/2014, Elul 9, 5774

Rabbi Yosef; Eliminate Ashkenazi, Not Sephardi, Chief Rabbi


If the government intends to eliminate one of the offices of the Chief Rabbi, it should be that of the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi, said Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef. Speaking to yeshiva students in Jerusalem, Rabbi Yosef pointed out that his office – that of the Rishon LeZion, the head of the Sephardic community in the Holy Land – was there first, and had seniority.

Rabbi Yosef made the comments in response to pending legislation that would have Israel led by only one Chief Rabbi.