The Chief Rabbi of Holon Avraham Yosef, one of the sons of Sefardi haredi leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef and the brother of Israel’s new Sefardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, tried to cover for his father's nepotism by smearing Modern Orthodox rabbis.
Moderate Modern Orthodox Rabbis Existential Threat That Wanted To “Trample” Israel’s Chief Rabbinate, Senior Sefardi Haredi Rabbi Says
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
The Chief Rabbi of Holon Avraham Yosef, one of the sons of Sefardi haredi leader and Shas Party spiritual head Rabbi Ovadia Yosef and the brother of Israel’s new Sefardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, tried to cover for his father's nepotism by smearing Modern Orthodox rabbis.
Earlier this week, Avraham Yosef was asked by a reader on the Moreshet website about the nepotism that saw his brother appointed chief rabbi and the undue influence his father used to get him that position.
Yosef reportedly responded by demonizing Rabbi David Stav, who had been a candidate for Ashkenazi chief rabbi, and other rabbis from his moderate Modern Orthodox Tzohar Movement.
“This is not an appointment but rather a push in a certain direction to block the evil people in Israel. The selection and election is not because [Yitzhak Yosef] is [Ovadia Yosef's] son, but because he was the best of the candidates.…
“To my sorrow, we witnessed an unprecedented phenomenon and in recent years, the Chief Rabbinate was trampled and mocked with significant assistance from one who was a candidate to stand at its helm.
“There is a difference between promoting self-interest and advancing goals to benefit the [haredi] community, as was the case [here],” Avraham Yosef wrote.
Yosef also added as further justification that Tzhoar and Stav “wanted to trample the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.”
Tzohar and Stav wanted to end the nepotism and cronyism that so characterizes the Chief Rabbinate and its branches while at the same time making the Rabbinate much more user friendly and sympathetic for secular Israelis who are compelled by law to interact with it for marriage, divorce, burial and for other lifecycle needs.
Stav's candidacy was linked by politicians' agreements to the candidacy of non-Shas-endorsed candidates for Sefardi Chief Rabbi.
Avrahm Yosef, who was himself briefly a candidate for Sefardi Chief Rabbi in this last election, had to drop out of the race because he is reportedly under criminal investigation for using his position of Chief Rabbi of Holon to illegally force restaurants and food producers to have their products supervised by another brother's kosher supervision company.