Not all rabbis are created equal

Israel Hayon

Dr. Aviad Hacohen

As originally conceived, the institution of the Chief Rabbinate was supposed to be a “spiritual center,” a fount of creativity and moral inspiration for the Jewish people and the world at large. If anyone needs additional proof of the depths to which this institution has sunk, look no further than the recent house arrest and suspension of Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger as well as the statement issued by his spokesman, which breathlessly announced nothing short of a “revolution.”

“From now on, kosher bakeries will be required to bake parve phyllo-dough bourekas in the shape of a closed triangle or spiral, while the dairy bourekas will be bagel-shaped. Parve croissants and rogalech will be straight while the dairy ones will be crescent-shaped,” the statement said.

There you have it, folks. The “bourekas revolution,” as brought to you by the Chief Rabbinate, will surely join the communist revolution, the French revolution, the industrial revolution and the digital revolution in import. Clearly its instigators expect it to enter the pantheon of history.

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