Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

The Israeli Chief Rabbinate has humiliated itself again

I would never make fun of the Chief Rabbis; they’re fully capable to do that themselves

First of all, when I’m discussing the Chief Rabbis, I mean the institute, not the people who occupy these positions currently, or at other times.

The two Chief Rabbis of Israel have an impossible position. It’s a great honor to be asked to fill this position, but to function in it is impossible.

On the one hand, they’re supposed to be the moral conscience of the State of Israel. However, they are always ultra-Orthodox and the vast majority of Israel is not. So there is no representation here.

What is worse is that the ultra-Orthodox segments of the Israeli State do not follow the Chief Rabbis as they ignore the secular State.

This way, the Chief Rabbis can’t do good for anyone. They try to maintain the status quo. Sometimes they try to please the public. However, as ultra-Orthodox Scholars, they are so far removed from the secular or even National-Religious public and politics, that often they’d be wiser to not speak. Like the newest on capital punishment.

The Chief Rabbi has declared his opposition against the death penalty. This, because we are not at the level of the Sanhedrin that we could convict any Jew to death. And with non-Jews on death row, we are in danger of Jews being kidnapped as bargaining chips for the convicted.

This is what is wrong with this statement:

  1. The role of the Sanhedrin, rather than meting out the death penalty, was to block one.
  2. You can’t say that about a Jewish suspect, but be fine with Gentiles being convicted to death. Then your moral compass is switched off! (We see even more enlightenment among the Sages from the time when Gentiles were idol worshippers and never Monotheists.)
  3. There are at least 14 more good reasons against capital punishment (see my post of December 22). Having only one objection means: you don’t know what you are talking about and you did not take the trouble to research the subject.

Death penalty won’t come here. But when will the Chief Rabbis leave?

(Bibi’s in favor to gain popular votes, well-knowing it won’t happen.)

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