Doubt raised over continued tenure of Rabbi Riskin, evinces fierce criticism towards rabbinate

A storm erupted on Monday when the Council of the Chief Rabbinate decided not to immediately renew the tenure of the popular modern Orthodox leader Rabbi Shlomo Riskin as chief municipal rabbi of Efrat, generating vociferous objections from political and rabbinic quarters.

The council has requested that Riskin, 75, appear before the body for a hearing on whether or not his service as Chief Rabbi of Efrat should be extended for another five years before making its final decision.

The summons was criticized as being politically motivated and borne of the council’s opposition to Riskin’s advocacy on certain issues, particularly the highly contentious topic of conversion.


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