Jerusalem Chief Rabbi HaGaon HaRav Aryeh Stern has clearly set his agenda, to reestablish the position of a chief rabbi in the capital after over a decade without chief rabbis. Part of Rav Stern’s agenda is improving religious services, and towards that end, he is challenging the Jerusalem Religious Council and its hashgacha services.
As part of his ongoing effort, Rabbi Stern has begun a probe of the Jerusalem Rabbinate Kashrus, and unfortunately, he is being stone-walled. He is not receiving documents and other material requested by folks in the kashrus unit. After realizing he is up against adamant refusal to cooperate and exhibit the level of transparency demanded for a hashgacha, Rabbi Stern has turned to Rishon L’Tzion HaGaon HaRav Yitzchak Yosef, involving the Chief Rabbinate in his dilemma towards overhauling the capital’s Rabbanut kashrus services.
In his letter to Rav Yosef, Rabbi Stern explains that persons entered his office without authorization and took a list of mashgichim employed in the Jerusalem Rabbinate, a list that is essential for the rav as the being responsible for the city’s kashrus system. The rav explains that once he uncovered a number of unacceptable practices, there has been a lack of cooperation and he is asking for the Chief Rabbinate’s immediate intervention to avoid having to announce he is no longer assuming responsibility for the city’s kashrus. The rav also sent a similar letter to Minister of Religious Affairs (Shas) David Azoulai.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)