Daily Israel Report

Bayit Yehudi MK Opposes Bennett on Issues

MK Zevulun Kalfa says he opposes Bennett's candidate for chief rabbi, and the idea of having one chief rabbi.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 6/6/2013, 5:25 PM

MK Zevulun Kalfa
MK Zevulun Kalfa
Israel news photo: Flash 90

MK Zevulun Kalfa (Bayit Yehudi) revealed Thursday that he opposes the candidacy of Rabbi David Stav to the post of chief rabbi, even though the Bayit Yehudi party has endorsed the candidacy. Party chairman, Minister Naftali Bennett, asked the party to endorse Rabbi Stav after the bill designed to enable Rabbi Yaakov Ariel to run failed to receive the coalition's support.

In addition, MK Kalfa expressed his opposition to the idea recently touted by Bennett, to appoint one chief rabbi instead of two.

"I am against this,” MK Kalfa told the Knesset Channel. The disappearance of the differences between Ashkenazi and Sephardic streams is “a social process,” he said, “and it should not be forced through by legislation.”

Regarding the appointment of women into the assembly that elects the chief rabbis, MK Kalfa said, women can already be elected into the selecting body, and there is no need for the proposed changes in its makeup included in the Stern Law.

MK Kalfa sponsored the “Amar-Ariel bill” that would have allowed Rabbi Yaakov Ariel to run for chief rabbi, by removing the age limit for candidates.

MK Kalfa was a resident of Gush Katif before being expelled in the disastrous unilateral "disengagement plan" and served as manager of the community of Shomria that became home to over 60 former Gush Katif  families and as a member of its regional council.