BLOW TO KAHANA: His Rav Slams Giyur Plan, Calls For Its “Immediate End,” Forbids Kashrus Changes

HaRav Chaim Druckman, whom Kahana claims supports his giyur reform, meets with the Rabbanut and sign sharp letter of condemnation of giyur and kashrus reform. (Kobi Bornshtein Twitter)

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The Moetzet HaRabbanut HaReishit L’Yisrael gathered for a meeting on Monday, with the rare participation of HaRav Chaim Druckman, a senior Dati Leumi Rav.

Religious Affairs Minister Matan Kahana has claimed that HaRav Druckman supports his giyur plan and there have been varying reports if this was true or not. The announcement on Monday following the meeting was the first time that HaRav Druckman publicly denounced Kahana’s giyur plan.

Following the meeting, the Moetzet issued a statement, which was also signed by HaRav Druckman, saying: “The Moetzet HaRabbanut calls to immediately end the proposed giyur reform. The proposal to split the giyur system and institute different rules and options to undergo giyur poses a great danger. This plan will lead to a significant rift in the nation which will be irreparable and will divide the Jewish nation.”

HaRav Yitzchak Yosef and HaRav Druckman. (Kobi Bornshtein Twitter)

Regarding the kashrus reforms, of which the first stage went into effect on Sunday, the Moetzet wrote: “According to halacha and in accordance with the decision of the Moetzet HaRabbanut HaReishis, no Rav should oversee kashrus that is not within the area of his position or in the place of the position of the Mara D’Asra apart from whoever is authorized for such by the Moetzet HaRabbanut and whoever does so is poreitz geder.”

HaRav Druckman speaks with HaRav Lau.

On Sunday, HaGaon HaRav Shalom Cohen, Nasi of the Moetzet Chachmei HaTorah, issued a call warning Rabbanim not to cooperate with the kashrus reforms, in a letter also signed by HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kaniesvky, HaGaon HaRav Gershon Edelstein, and HaGaon HaRav Shimon Badani.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. It’s a shame that this came to fruition so late in the development process. Why, is anyone’s guess. Hopefully irreparable and irreversible damage hasn’t begun. I wonder why his Rabbi Stav hadn’t signed too. That would have been a major boost to this campaign. May Hashem have rachmanus.

  2. It’s nice to have it confirmed that Daati L’Umi Rabbonim are frumme yidden! Not that the Reshaim in the Knesset will listen, but hopefully, since all Rabbonim are on board, this will stop the tragedies of Kashrus and Giur in secular hands…

  3. this profs that Kahane is a big liar.I was 100% sure that his Raw Hagaon Harav Chaim Druckman did not agree with him.Kahane just was looking for a terez and was liying

  4. How often have “impossible to happen” happened afterwards to the astonishment of well-meaning but smug prognosticators who are out of touch

    Of more immediate import
    Too many of the older generations have forever been pontificating eg J Rosenblum, etc that reformers and their ilk with the kippa fig leaf will never take hold in Israel. Problem is they were immersed in their own generational echo chamber,the secular of the generation included

  5. Yes the Rabbanut opposes the Kahana proposal because it is פריצת גדר. But unfortunately doing nothing about גרות may be worse. והמבין…