The pundits in Israel and New York just can’t stop talking.
Former Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi HaRav R’ Yisra’el Meir Lau may be next in line to take over Moshe Katzav’s largely ceremonial office as President of Israel.
On June 6 came the Haaretz article, “No to Lau for President.”
On June 25 came the rebuttal Haaretz article, “Rabbi Lau: The Last Moral Figure.” Yediot Aharonot was not having this, and ran “Lau: An Excellent Choice”, an article praising R’ Lau despite his “shortcomings”. The Forward — after bringing up the current dispute over the title of Rabbi conspicuously left unused by Mr. Katzav — says of R’ Lau’s election ominously:
If Rabbi Lau becomes Israel’s public face at ceremonial moments — moments that matter deeply in the lives of faith communities — relations between Israel and the Diaspora will suffer a grievous wound.
The Prime Minister’s preferred candidate for nasi is R’ Lau, because, as the Forward reports:
He’s genial, graceful and popular with the Israeli public, and he could help heal some of the social rifts opened by the country’s bruising territorial debates.
Rabbanut Roshit L’mehadrin min ha’mehadrin?