Rav Lau Blasts Center for Ethics for Having Members Having Open-Orthodox and Secular


Headed by Chief Rabbi Rav Dovid Lau, a number of leading rabbonim signed a sharp letter denouncing an attempt to involve the Center for Ethics whose members include open-Orthodox and secular Jews in establishing an ethical code for town rabbonim.

“It is inconceivable that something that concerns all the rabbonim of Israel should be carried out by a body that has no connection to the rabbinate and whose members do not understand at all the unique and sensitive character of the rabbinate,” the letter said. “We believe that ethical rules for rabbonim must be written by rabbonim only!”

Some members of the Center for Ethics belong to the far-left Yesh Din, B’Tzelem and New Israel Fund organizations.

{Matzav.com Israel News}


  1. In my experience, Rabbonim DO require an impartial oversight of their ethical standards. Too many Rabbonim are unaware and untrained in Public Policy and common morals.

    In my profession as a physician and medical researcher, I frequently have to answer to ethics committees who pose challenges to my decisions. I welcome these challenges as an opportunities to perfect my treatment and skills. Rabbonim should likewise feel secure enough, and not feel affronted when asked to explain their actions and behavior.


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