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June 07, 2005

Rabbi Steinsaltz Elected Head ("Nasi") Of Sanhedrin

Rabbi Adin Even Yisrael Steinsaltz has been elected nasi of the new Sanhedrin.

But, there's more:

Semicha - original rabbinic ordination - was successfully reintroduced when hundreds of Israel's greatest rabbis agreed on the worthiness of a certain rabbi to receive it. This was also agreed upon by leading Sephardic and Ashkenazic spiritual leaders Rabbi Ovadia Yosef and Rabbi Shalom Elyashiv. The committee who oversaw the process made every effort to fulfill the Jewish legal requirements as outlined by Maimonides, as closely as possible.

The rabbi himself eventually backed down from serving as Nassi of the Sanhedrin due to pressure from a leading Hassidic rabbi, but not before granting semicha to Rabbi Dov Levanoni. At the age of 83, the sage is above the age limit to head the Sanhedrin, though. He accepted the semikha in order to ordain one who is fitting to renew the Sanhedrin. It is he who ordained Rabbi Tzvi Idan who, as its first temporary Nassi, ordained the members of the Sanhedrin in Tiberias, October 13, 2004.

… Also present, though not seated around 71-seat semi-circular row of chairs was famed archaeologist Dr. Vendyl [i.e., Indiana – Shmarya] Jones, who is working with the Sanhedrin to establish a system of courts for non-Jews adhering to the Seven Laws of Noah, which are obligatory upon all of humanity. One of those laws is to establish courts of justice. A high court has been established by the Sanhedrin for such purposes and a subsidiary of that court will soon be established in the United States as well.

Among the many topics the Sanhedrin intends to address are the bridging of the divisions between various communities of Jewish exiles who have returned to Israel; the establishment of authentic techeilet, the biblical blue thread Jews are commanded to wear amongst the fringes attached to four-cornered garments; the definition of the measurement of the "ammah" (the biblical "cubit"); the determination of the exact point of human death, so as to deal with the Jewish ethics of euthanasia; and the issue of agunot - women whose husbands refuse to grant them a divorce.

One more thing – the Sanhedrin has a website.

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I think that before R'Steinzaltz becomes the president of this 'Sanhedrin' (sounds like a sick joke)and defacto president of the jews, since the head of the Sanhedrin is also the greatest jew, he should issue a statement about the current madness in Lubavitch, for example:A very clear statement that the late Rebbe is not alive and has passed on 11 years ago, he is also not the Messiah or a deity.
R'Steinzaltz please take care of your local Lubab business, before 'running the jewish people'
(An unbelievable thing is that someone affiliated with a messianic cult should be considered for 'head of the Sanhedrin' ,well ,yes even this joke, Lubab sanhedrin)

- should one bentsch shekhiyonu , or weep ?
- why like a thief in hiding ? apart from a7
nobody reports on it
- so that's it ? we have a combo Chabad with the Dati Leumi hijacking and leading the faith ?
- with hoskomo of Rabbis Yosef & Elyoshiv ?

"and the issue of agunot - women whose husbands refuse to grant them a divorce."

what to do with the recalcitrant husband ? i know that one . malkin ossoy !

"eventually backed down from serving as Nassi of the Sanhedrin due to pressure from a leading Hassidic rabbi,"
-now elected , now retired ?
-is the leading Hassidic Rabbi from the living ?
-did he realise it's too big a farce ? he lets the others make fools of themselves first ?

I read some where else that rabbi Marc Schneier was elected the Nasi , are you certain you have your facts correct.
By the way I also read that rabbis Avi Weiss, Edgar Gluck and Yudel Krinsky were all elected Vice president.
Please check your facts !

Funny! (If you're somehow serious, ask Arutz 7. They're the only news source that gives the 'sanhedrin' any credence.

what a constellation of characters .
they are up to no good !
what r' yosef and r' elioshiv have to do with them , is beyond my comprehension !

The Sanhedrin has a website? On the evil, horrible Internet that no Jewish child should ever be exposed to? Where people are thrown out of school for having it in their homes?

Next thing you know, big rabanim will be keeping books that they would not allow others to have in their homes. They will need them to serve Hashem in some secret way, no doubt.

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