Tzfas Chief Sephardi Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu is among the rabbonim being considered in the upcoming Jerusalem Chief Rabbi race. It appears that Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and Deputy Minister of Religious Services Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan are working behind the scenes to boost his candidacy.
It has been over 13 years since the capital of the Jewish People has had chief rabbis, the result of countless delays, political deal-making, and court petitions as the parties involved cannot reach agreement on candidates. As a result of the most recent Supreme Court involvement, elections are expected to take place in the coming weeks.
Other rabbonim whose names have been mentioned in connection to the race include Rabbi Aryeh Stern, Rabbi Yitzchok Dovid Grossman, Rabbi Moshe Chaim Lau, Rabbi David Yosef, Rabbi Yosef Efrati, Rabbi Eliyahu Schlesinger, Rabbi Avraham Yaffa Schlesinger, Rabbi Yehuda Deri and Rabbi Yaakov Shapira.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)