When asked to sign the letter being distributed by Sephardi Chief Rabbi Moshe Shlomo Amar against the state recognition of Reform Movement clergy, Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yonah Yechiel Metzger declined the daily Yisrael HaYom reports.
According to the report, in the meeting earlier in the week in Bnei Brak at the home of HaGaon HaRav Aaron Leib Shteinman Shlita, Rabbi Metzger was instructed not to sign the letter, with the gadol hador explaining at present, “we have more important issues like the new Tal Law”. As such, Rabbi Metzger did not sign, adhering to Rav Shteinman’s instructions. The gadol hador is quoted as explaining to Rav Metzger that his not signing will not result in any significant tension with his colleague, Rav Amar.
When asked to comment on the report, officials in Rav Amar’s office explained the rav remains committed to combat the state decision granting partial legitimacy to Reform clergy in Israel.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)