Chief Rabbi of Ramat Gan, HaGaon HaRav Yaakov Ariel Shlita, has announced he plans to step down. The rav made the announcement on motzei Shabbos. Rabbi Ariel is among the leading rabbonim and poskim in the dati leumi community today. He will B’ezras Hashem celebrate his 80th birthday in the coming weeks.
The rav began serving as the city’s rabbi in 1990. He was hoping to become a candidate in the race for Chief Rabbi of Israel in 2013, which prompted legislation in Knesset to raise the age to over 70, since the rav was already passed that age. However, the legislation did not get him elected as one of the Chief Rabbis of Israel.
Without explaining just what it means, Rav Ariel said he will continue being responsible for the city’s kashrus.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)