The coming year, 5775, will be a shemittah year in Eretz Yisrael. Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi David Lau prior to being elected indicated he would follow the line of gedolei hador shlita and not permit heter mechira. Rabbi Lau has reportedly done and about face and will permit heter mechira, Yisrael Hayom is reporting. This was not the case in the last shmitah year, when the Chief Rabbinate ruled against heter mechira. One would expect that if this proves to be the case, Rishon L’Tzion Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef will concur since Maran HaGaon HaRav Ovadia Yosef ZT”L supported the Chief Rabbinate okaying heter mechira.
Kashrus is in the hands of Rabbi Lau while the Rishon L’Tzion presides over the Chief Rabbinate Supreme Court as the Av Beis Din.
When asked recently if this would be the case, Rabbi Lau indicated he would not approve heter mechira. It appears we will all have to wait for an official message to the media from the Chief Rabbinate.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)