Rabbi Shlomo Riskin said that, should Israel’s Chief Rabbinate dismiss him as chief rabbi of Efrat, he would not accept the decision.
Speaking to JTA Tuesday, Riskin also said that the Chief Rabbinate does not have the support of the vast majority of Israelis for its conversion policy. Riskin urged the rabbinate to accept a 2014 government decision reforming Israel’s conversion process.
The Chief Rabbinate has declined to automatically renew Riskin’s appointment and has summoned him for a hearing on the matter on June 29. On Monday, the local government of Efrat, a West Bank settlement located in the Gush Etzion bloc, unanimously affirmed that it would like him to continue as its rabbi. Should the Chief Rabbinate disagree, Riskin said, he would disregard the Rabbinate’s decision.