“Disrespect For Rabbanut & Senior Rabbanim:” Dati Leumi Rabbanim Slam Kahana

Kahana met with senior Dati Leumi Rabbanim 2 days before announcing his kashrus plan but failed to mention it.

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The leading Roshei Yeshivos and Rabbanim of the Dati Leumi sector, including HaRav Chaim Druckman, published a letter on Wednesday slamming Religious Affairs Minister Matan Kahana for his disrespect of the Rabbanut and senior Dati Leumi Rabbanim

In the letter, the Rabbanim expressed their opposition to the specific reforms Kahana outlined as well as the fact that he formulated a plan not only without the approval of the Rabbanut but in opposition to its position on the matter. Additionally, they censured Kahana for not informing them of the plan beforehand despite the fact that he met with them only two days prior to his announcement.

The Rabbanim wrote that the Rabbanut is the only body authorized to manage religious affairs in the state “and therefore every change regarding religion must be approved and coordinated with it.”

They acknowledged the need to improve the kashrus system but noted that a plan to improve the system is only legitimate if it’s carried out with the approval of the Rabbanut.

The letter was signed by HaRav Chaim Druckman, HaRav Dov Lior, HaRav Yaakov Ariel, HaRav Yaakov Shapiro, HaRav Shmuel Eliyahu, HaRav Eitan Eisman, and HaRav Yosef Artzial.

Dati Leumi kashrus experts who run a kashrus advice organization also expressed their disapproval of Kahana’s plan.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. who is Matan Kahana? a nowbody make him self religious,does not know anything and has no respect even not for his own rabbanim.He sould have joined smola and not not yemina.Where did he learn dat?

  2. Did anybody doubt this would happen when a politician with a “kipa Sruga” became Rosh Memshalah?
    There is No PARTY is which the above mentioned Rabbanim and Talmidai Chachamim and their talmidim are respected or represented. The Hesder Olam needs a party who will look after their values

  3. To the extent the Israel government undermines the religious zionist establishment which has thrived due to government support, they narrow the gap between the non-zionist hareidim (or as an outside observer would say, the non-governmental religious establishment) and the religious zionists. This is probably not what the secular zionists really want to happen since the end result is that they will be facing a non-state religious establishment that will be much more significant demographically and politically. Turning the religious zionists into a wing of the hareidim is in many ways the secular zionists’ worst nightmare.