Rabbi Avraham Sherman, the haredi rabbinic court judge who voided thousands of conversions done by Conversion Authority head Rabbi Haim Druckman, now says…
…even the greatest Sefardi rabbi like Ovadia Yosef must defer their halakhic opinions to the "leaders"of this generation, Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv and Rabbi Shmuel HaLevi Wosner:
…"On questions that deal with the future of the entire Jewish people, the great halachic sages of the generation must be consulted," Rabbi Avraham Sherman said. "I call on religious Zionist rabbis to meet with the great rabbis of our day to reach an agreement on the issue of conversions."
Sherman said the major Torah sages of this generation were Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv of Jerusalem and Rabbi Shmuel Halevi Vosner of Bnei Brak, and that religious Zionist rabbis were obliged to abide by their opinions.
Sherman said that even highly respected Sephardi rabbis such as former chief rabbis Ovadia Yosef and Mordechai Eliahu should defer to Elyashiv's halachic decisions regarding conversions.…
…Sherman pointed out that there were two opposing views in Jewish thought to converting non-Jews to Judaism. One approach sees conversion as a very positive act that should be encouraged because it brings people closer to the true monotheistic faith.
Sherman said the Talmud expresses a contradictory opinion that views converts as a plague because they introduce foreign influences into the Jewish people.
Sherman said that in the past 100 years with the rise of intermarriage and assimilation the second opinion had taken precedence among all the great rabbinical sages.
"In the modern era the great rabbis see converts as a potential danger to the spiritual purity of the Jewish people," he said.
Sherman said that he and other rabbis were concerned about the way conversions were performed in the Conversion Authority.
"Too often in the rabbinical courts we come across supposed converts who never had the intention of observing an Orthodox way of life. This should concern all Jews, haredi and religious Zionist alike. We must unite and make sure that no considerations foreign to Halacha taint the conversion process."
There is no basis in halakha for insisting Sefardim need to follow Ashkenazi halakha (or vice versa) or for deeming one rabbi's halakhic judgments to be superior and therefore mandatory for all Jews.
Further, Sherman argues circularly. He first defines "great rabbis" as those who agree with his leader, Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv. He then defines all other rabbis as lesser and disregards their halakhic opinions.
Sherman is a disgrace and he should be impeached immediately.