After refraining from commenting in recent days, HaGaon HaRav Yitzchak Yosef on Thursday commented on the upcoming elections for new Chief Rabbis of Israel. The rav said “Based on the many requests I have received and other information, it is clear to me that I have the best chance of being elected”.
According to a Kikar Shabbos report based on a recording of the rav’s words to his talmidim, he explains that a number of rabbonim who serve on the 150 person election body to run, signaling his chances of being elected are very good.
The rav is quoted as adding “despite this, I do not plan on doing anything prior to receiving a bracha from my father Maran Shlita for if I run, it is only for kovod of Beis Abba Shlita and we do not want to cause problems chalila. It goes without saying that any decision from Maran will be accepted.”
The rav tells his talmidim that the most important thing is to adhere to the words of the rav, as we learn, ‘ועשית ככל אשר יורוך’, stressing the significance of adhering to daas Torah.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)