Despite assurance from Rabbi Chaim Druckman Shlita and others, Rishon L’Tzion Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef Shlita remains adamantly opposed to the Giyur Bill passed by government decision in the Sunday cabinet meeting on 9 Marcheshvan.
Speaking with a Galei Tzahal (Army Radio) correspondent, Rav Yosef said “they are doing everything possible for one rav. There is a rabbi called Rabbi David Stav, and who wants to convert minors and implement leniencies regarding giyur.
“Rabbi Zalman Melamed Shlita told me ‘If Rav Stav is given permission for giyur the law is done. MK Elazar Stern told me ‘Give permission to [Rabbi David] Stav and [Rabbi Shlomo] Riskin to perform giyur and the law is done’”.
Rabbi Yosef added “That means the law was pushed through for this”.
Rabbi Stav responded to the Rishon L’Tzion’s words, telling the media “when I read there are rabbonim opposed to the law I must ask where it is written in the Torah or Shulchan Aruch that one person alone is responsible to accept converts to Am Yisrael?”
“When I hear one rav compare municipal rabbonim to pharmacist that cannot perform surgery I am compelled to ask if this is so, how can a rabbi who has not even served as a neighborhood rav and did not pass the exams on the Law of Giyur oversee the dayanim that the political system has appointed? In addition, who gave the Chief Rabbinate of Israel the authority if not the Government of Israel?”
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)