New Chief Rabbis Sworn in, Commit to Bringing Am Yisrael Together

In the presence of family, friends, rabbis, justices and public officials, the new chief rabbis, David Lau and Yitzhak Yosef, were sworn in on Wednesday.

In a ceremony at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem, the rabbis swore allegiance to the State of Israel and committed to provide fair justice in their role as members of the Supreme Rabbinical Court. The ceremony was attended by President Shimon Peres, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Deputy Religious Affairs Minister Eli Ben-Dahan.

Peres said to the chief rabbis: “Am Yisrael needs you today, perhaps more than ever. It is eager to meet the luminous face of the Jewish tradition. It is eager for a clear path of prophecy ethics… It prays for an honorable and valued rabbinate which would bring a great spirit to everyday and eternal values, and to have you bring people together, respect the other, and bring about the Ten Commandments.”


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