The national-religious rabbinical association Tzohar fired off a new round in its war with the Chief Rabbinate by announcing on Thursday that it was beginning a process to present candidates from the organization to stand in elections for the two chief rabbi positions.
The elections will take place in six months.
Tzohar has frequently taken issue with the rabbinate’s approach to the general public and founded its flagship free-of-charge marriage program to provide an alternative to what it describes as “Israel’s strict rabbinic bureaucracy.”
“Tzohar has long been trying to influence the Israeli mindset and explain that the Chief Rabbinate is a crucial junction for all Jews, secular and religious alike, and so seeks to influence the character of the institution,” the organization said on Thursday.
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