Lau Asserts His Universal Credentials in Race for Chief Rabbinate

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Rabbi David Lau, the Ashkenazi chief rabbi of Modi’in, is one of the two leading candidates for the position of Israel’s Ashkenazi chief rabbi.

He is the officially endorsed candidate of the haredi rabbinic and political leadership but has been touting his credentials as a candidate for all, based on his record in Modi’in as a rabbi who has embraced nonreligious, modern-Orthodox and haredi sectors of the city alike.

Lau is also the son of the former chief rabbi and current chief rabbi of Tel Aviv, Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau. And like his father, he has a foothold in both haredi and modern Israeli society.

He was born in Tel Aviv in 1966 and was educated at haredi institutions. But he took to life as a pulpit rabbi in the religiously mixed and largely nonreligious town of Shoham as chief rabbi there, coincidentally the place where Lau’s main opponent in the current election, Rabbi David Stav, currently serves as chief rabbi.

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