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September 22, 2015 5:27 am

Supermodel’s Imminent Wedding Sparks Battle Between Ultra-Orthodox Columnists Over Officiating Rabbi

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Israel Supermodel Bar Refaeli. Photo:

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The upcoming wedding of Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli to Israeli businessman Adi Ezra has stirred up anger in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community at the rabbi who will officiate at the ceremony on Thursday, Israel’s Walla reported on Monday.

Rabbi David Grosman, the renowned leader of the “Migdal Or” educational institutions and the chief rabbi of Migdal HeEmek, was attacked in a recent column by Haredi journalist Yisrael Glis.

“Rabbi Grosman took all of the glory of his activities and buried it under the wretched chuppah [wedding canopy] of a woman who behaves immodestly,” he wrote.

He also claimed that the damage to Grosman’s image as a result would be “huge,” asserting, “Along with many others, I also find it regrettable, particularly as I imagine the rabbi standing before the model [Refaeli] who dishonors the daughters of Israel with her lack of modesty.”

But Glis’s stance was strongly opposed by Meir Gal, owner of the Haredi website, Behadrei Haredim.

Gal wrote, “So there is a rabbi in Israel officiating the marriage of a Jewish couple in Israel — even though he gets no honor or prestige out of this; even though other rabbis refused; and even though this will not bring a single shekel to his institutions. This sums up Rabbi Grosman.”

Regarding Refaeli’s modesty or lack thereof, Gal said, “She hasn’t sent me any pictures of her wardrobe — but let me say that on any given night, rabbis across the country are officiating at the weddings of brides no more modest than Ms. Bar Refaeli.”

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  • G M Ben-Nathan

    The most pertinent comment above, comes from Ida Wax.

    How, indeed, do Haredi Rabbis know how immodestly the super model allegedly dresses if they have not had just the tiniest surreptitious little peek here and there ?
    As ida Wax observes, they surely will have had no television, no magazines or anything else to have observed the supposed effrontery? Or, am I just naive?

  • Just curious to know who Charaidi Rabbi’s who supposedly have no access to T. v or computers
    Know how Bar Rafielli is so immodest dressed that they refuse to marry them.

  • Robert Davis

    Hell with their shekels! When will these people understand there are more important things in life than…shekels?

  • I really don’t understand why not doing the wedding? That’s a Jewish Girl marring a Jewish man . No question about that. All the best. Mazes tov!!!! As much as I admire the Heredim they absolutely not right.

  • Steven Katz

    The question I would raise, regarding the comments is whether the Haredi paper did this primarily for publicity (perhaps highlighted by Mr. Gals response).

    And, if they have alternatives for a Jewish woman to get married, where are they? Or should Ms. Rafaeli not get married and commit even more sins?