Rav David Lau on the Race to Become Chief Rabbi


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lauInterviewed by Srugim, Modi’in Chief Rabbi David Lau explains that he is optimistic for he feels he has a good chance of being elected the next Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel. However, the rabbi fell short of actually stating he is a candidate in the race, pointing out that at present, no one knows when the election will be held or who will be on the panel of 150 people voting for the new chief rabbis.

When asked if he plans to launch a campaign similar to other candidates, he states that he feels that is not the way to go about it.


Is your affiliation with the chareidi tzibur problematic?


No I do not feel this is the case. I feel a lot of love resulting from my actions, first with the dati leumi community in Shoham where I was the first rav of the community and now, for over 17 years, as chief rabbi of Modi’in, a city with a very large dati leumi community.

Rav Lau explains that in his vision, a chief rabbi mustn’t be aligned or affiliated with a sector but one who speaks to everyone and is accepted by all.


If the prime minister endorses you will you officially announce your candidacy? What do you think you chances are?


I believe my chances are very good but let’s leave something to HKBH.

According to reports, in the race for Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi David Stav is now backed by the Yisrael Beitenu, The Movement, Yesh Atid and Labor parties while is appears that Likud will be backing Rabbi Lau.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)