Bennett & Deri Working to Reach a Deal in Jerusalem Rabbinate Election


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derWhile many believe Rabbi Aryeh Stern has sufficient backing to become the next Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Yerushalayim, Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett is not taking chances, wishing to secure the post for the dati leumi rav as much as possible.

While chareidim are doing what they can to delay the election, Bayit Yehudi and the dati leumi community are anxious to move ahead with the election, confident they will succeed in having Rabbi Stern elected. However, seeking additional insurance, Bennett is trying to reach a deal with Shas leader Aryeh Deri that will result in Shas backing Rabbi Stern in exchange for Bayit Yehudi backing Deri’s candidate for Sephardi Chief Rabbi of the capital.

The chareidim, who do not want to see Stern in the post are trying to buy time. They are aware that in a few months Rabbi Stern will be 70 and then he will no longer be eligible to run as 70 is the maximum cut off age. This is one of the reasons Bennett is working to expedite the election.

Deri is interested in blocking former Rishon L’Tzion Rabbi Shlomo Amar or Tzfas Chief Sephardi Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu from becoming the next Sephardi Chief Rabbi of the capital, hence the willingness to cooperate with Bennett.

The deal in the works also includes a provision that the chareidim must agree to the appointment of the next director-general of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel as the current director-general, Oded Viner, is stepping down in about six weeks. The deal would not compel appointing a chareidi director-general, but it would compel appointing a candidate that meets with the approval of the chareidim.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)


  1. Shas is a joke. Harav Amar and Harav Eliyahu Shlit”a are two very great rabbis, but their political stupidity is blocking them.

    Harav Amar is not liked by Shas, because as Chief Rabbi, Harav Amar did something inexcusable. He used his own thought process! Shas wanted a parrot of Harav Ovadia, just like UTJ backed Metzger, instead of Harav Ariel shlit”a who is a much greater Rabbi. But Hashem Yishmor, Harav Amar gave psak as a capable Rabbi that happened to disagree with Harav Ovadia!

    Harav Eliyahu is even worse! Both him and his father zt”l did something that makes you concerned that they may not be Jews at all! Harav Mordechai Eliyahu zt”l did the horrible act of giving psak according to the Ben Ish Chai, which was different than Harav Ovadia’s psak. And his son is continuuing in his father’s footsteps! Even worse, he has a kippah srugah! How can someone with who is a talmid hacham wear such a kippah??

    Basically, Shas has to get a life.