After months of debate, the Jewish Home party voted on Sunday to support Rabbi David Stav’s candidacy for the post of the chief Ashkenazi rabbi. For those who are unfamiliar with this position, there are of two Chief Rabbis in the Chief Rabbinate of Israel an Ashkenazi rabbi and a Sephardi rabbi. They are elected every 10 years. Anyway, This was a move that significantly increased David Stav’s chances ahead of a vote later this month.

Education Minister Rabbi Shai Piron (Yesh Atid) praised the Jewish Home’s decision to back Stav. “I am happy that Jewish Home joined the growing group,” he said, “that sees Rabbi David Stav as someone who can bring about a link between religious and secular, and an improvement in the position of the Chief Rabbinate in Israeli society.”

Yesh Atid MK Rabbi Shai Piron announced Sunday that his party was supporting Tzohar chairman, Rabbi David Stav in the upcoming election for the position of Ashkenazi chief rabbi. The announcement came after Yisrael Beytenu MK Faina Kirshenbaum said last weekend that her party also supports Rabbi Stav. She added that Rabbi Stav regularly promotes connecting different sectors of Israeli society. He himself served in the IDF and his children are now serving.

There are several other possible candidates for the position of Ashkenazi chief rabbi, including two other national-religious rabbis – Eliezer Igra, a rabbinical judge on the Supreme Rabbinical Court, and Ya’acov Shapira, dean of the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva.

A 150-member panel consisting of municipal chief rabbis, mayors and politicians are tasked with electing the chief rabbis through a secret ballot.

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