Chief Sephardic Rabbi Shlomo Moshe Amar Shlita has sent a letter to rabbonim instructing them to attend an urgent kenos to be held on 6 Tammuz 5772 at 14:00 in the office of the Chief Rabbinate in Yerushalayim. Rav Amar did not spare words to show his concern and disdain for the state’s decision which gives legitimacy to the Reform Movement in Eretz Yisrael.
The state’s decision compels the national government to pay the salaries of 15 Reform clergy presently serving in moshavim and kibbutzim. While the state’s partial recognition does not permit Reform clergy to perform weddings, Rav Amar and others are well aware of the danger of the precedent-setting decision which opens the door to total recognition of the Reform and Conservative Movements in Israel.
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(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)