B"H - Even a staunch K(r)ookist pathological liar, like Melamed, who brings in xtians to the Land, recognizes the un-Jewishness of the "Rabbinate". He writes:
"The Chief Rabbinate
As an extension to the vision of revealing Torah in its greatness, Rabbi Kook viewed the establishment of the Chief Rabbinate as a nucleus from which a significant and united Torah leadership could develop. However, after Rav Kook zt”l passed away, the independent status of the Chief Rabbinate steadily deteriorated. From a rabbinate which presented a vision emanating from a totally autonomous position, devoid of any subordination to public institutions or to any public circles, the rabbinate grew to be one of the most subordinate public institutions, subject to the current legal establishment.
No longer are we talking about offering a comprehensive vision, but rather finding halakhic solutions for the present situation, shaped by the public and political leadership. Even the attempt of Rabbi Herzog zt”l to suggest an alternative constitution for the State of Israel was not an effort to propose an all-inclusive constitution, rather, to find ways to ‘kasher’ the norms of the country’s leaders within the framework of halakha.
In spite of everything, the Chief Rabbis and the members of the Rabbinical Council were the gedolei talmidei chachamim of the generation. Over time, this status also gradually eroded, with the rabbinate becoming a supervisory department for a handful of religious matters, such as marriage, conversions, and kashrut.
In such a situation, although the rabbinate plays a very important role in managing these affairs, we are no longer talking about a supreme, moral, and spiritual Torah authority of mara d’atra (lit. “master of the house” or the local authority in Jewish law. Rather, the role of the Chief Rabbi is at best similar to that of a director of religious affairs, and at worst – the spokesperson for religious affairs.
This example underscores just how much we must continue studying, delving, and identifying with the great vision of Maran HaRav Kook zt”l, in order to increase and glorify the Torah and elevate the status of its bearers, so the light of the redeeming Torah can illuminate the entire world."
Like with all things, there are consequences. If the "Chief Rabinate" is not Jewish, then how's about the Interior Ministry, just to mention one? It is responsible for the unleashing of the pogrom-brigades (Yasams) on the State's Jews, on our housing, businesses and shuls. With such a track record, can the Interior Ministry be considered Jewish? How's about the Foreign Service? To the best of my knowledge it does not have 1 (one) Jewish thinking, Jewish looking diplomat. Can such a ministry be considered Jewish? And so on and on, I could name each and every institution of the State, from kneset to supreme court, where "judges" sit under the Menorah of the State emblem and produce anti-Torah rulings every day of the week. So, logic requires us to take notice and to say that if none of the State's institutions are Jewish, than behold, the State itself is not Jewish. We must extend on this as halacha requires us to distinguish between good and evil: If the State is not Jewish, is it proper for the Jew to support it? My answer evidently is no, it is not: Our duty and purpose of life in this world as Jews is to render our society Torah compatible, a show-case as it were to the nations, and not the other way round, to render our Torah compatible with the society of the nations. It is important to get our priorities right and this is of course an invitation to our mighty learned rabbis to lead us out of this galut of lies and deception.
Once I told to a convert I was dating with: To me you're Jewish not because of your conversion, but because of your Jewish soul. She didn't take it very well I don't think: We must put our house in order NOW!
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