High Court Orders Sharon to Explain His Failure to Select
Tel Aviv Chief Rabbi
by Betzalel Kahn
The High Court issued a nisi order giving Prime
Minister and Religious Affairs Minister Ariel Sharon 30 days
to explain why he hasn't acted to select a chief rabbi for
the City of Tel Aviv. The petition was submitted by the
Movement for Fairness in Government.
The City of Tel Aviv did not have a chief rabbi for over four
years until two years ago, when the Movement filed its
previous petition and the High Court ordered that selection
procedures be commenced, eventually leading to the
appointment of Rabbi Shlomo Amar. Last year he was chosen for
the post of Chief Rabbi of Israel and Tel Aviv has been
without a chief rabbi since erev Pesach.
In the current petition Mordechai Eisenberg, chairman of the
Movement for Fairness in Government, is asking to hold
elections for a new chief rabbi in order to improve religious
services in the city.