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June 3, 2013 1:50 am

Israel’s Jewish Home Party Votes to Back Moderate Stav for Chief Rabbi

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Times of Israel – After months of bitter intra-party debate, the Jewish Home party voted on Sunday to support Rabbi David Stav’s candidacy for the post of chief Ashkenazi rabbi, a move that greatly increased the relatively moderate rabbi’s chances ahead of a vote later this month.

The Orthodox-nationalist party, headed by Naftali Bennett, had been deeply split between those backing Stav and the more conservative factions supporting Rabbi Yaakov Ariel, chief rabbi of Ramat Gan.

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