Amid reports Tzohar Rabbonim are requesting a list of approved Diaspora rabbonim from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, the Chief Rabbinate’s spokesman released the following message.
Of late there has been allegations against the Rabbinate regarding the process of documenting one Jewishness, being single, married, divorced, and giyur status, referring to documentation received from rabbonim abroad, and in light of the significant amount of disinformation being disseminated, I have decided to publicize the procedure by which the Chief Rabbinate of Israel operates.
When such a document is received from a rabbi from abroad there are three stages;
1. A check is done to verify if the rabbi signed on the document is indeed ordained and if he is recognized by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.
2. To determine if the mosdos of the rabbi signed on the document operate in accordance with halacha.
3. To determine if the rabbi signed on the document has the tools and necessary knowledge to verify the contents of the document.
Contrary to what has been reported, the Chief Rabbinate does not maintain a black list of rabbonim whose documents are automatically disqualified or a list of rabbonim whose documents are automatically accepted. Each case is probed on its own merit.
Earlier this week, the Chief Rabbinate signed an agreement together with organizations representing thousands of rabbonim in the United States and Europe that regulates the relationship between the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and rabbonim in the Diaspora. Included in this agreement is the agreement that the Rabbinate will work in cooperation with European and American rabbis regarding issues pertaining to their communities. The agreement fundamentally contradicts allegations of an alleged split between the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and rabbonim in the USA.
Signed to the agreement with the Chief Rabbinate are the Rabbinical Council of Europe and the Rabbinical Council of America.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)