Over 100 rabbis participated Tuesday in an “emergency gathering” following the State’s decision to recognize rabbis of Conservative and Reform movements as official rabbis and give them the same funding as Orthodox rabbis, who are appointed by the Chief Rabbinate.
The gathering was called by Israel’s Chief Sephardic Rabbi Shlomo Amar, who received Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s support.
In addition to Israel’s Chief Rabbis Amar and Yona Metzger, hundreds of rabbis from the Religious-Zionist movement, Ministers Yakov Margi and Ariel Atias and MK’s Uri Arieli and Michael Ben-Ari (National Union), attended the gathering in effort to protest the government’s decision which received the High Court’s seal of approval.
Amar claimed that the Reform and Conservative rabbis are “battling all that is holy. They are trying to the uproot the foundation of Judaism,” he exclaimed, adding that “this is an attempt to tear the Jewish people into two nations .It’s a danger without a remedy.” He added that people should pray on this matter as they do in times of war, when “rockets are fired at Israel.”
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