he corruption trial against Israel’s former chief rabbi has begun in Jerusalem. Lawyers for Yona Metzger appeared in court Thursday to discuss charges of bribery, money laundering and income tax violations. A defense lawyer noted that investigating police had eavesdropped on Metzger for two years. Yona Metzger ended his term early, in 2013, over the charges. Metzger, who served as Ashkenazi chief rabbi, is the highest-ranking Israeli rabbi to face corruption charges.