In a surprise move, Harav Yitzchok Yehuda Yaroslavsky, the senior rov of the Beis Din Rabbonei Chabad in Eretz Yisroel, designated his son Rabbi Zalman Yaroslavskyas his successor on the powerful Chabad Beis Din.
By Anash.org reporter
Photo: Mendy Kurant
In a surprise move, Harav Yitzchok Yehuda Yaroslavsky, the senior rov of the Beis Din Rabbonei Chabad in Eretz Yisroel, designated his son Rabbi Zalman Yaroslavsky as his successor on the powerful Chabad Beis Din.
Rabbi Zalman Yaroslavsky is a respected talmid chochom who currently serves as the rov of the Chabad community in Elad and heads the semicha program at Yeshivas Tomchei Temimim in Kiryat Gat.
The Chabad community in Elad was founded in 5760 and currently numbers about 200 families. In the community today there are three Chabad shuls, a Tomchi Tamimim yeshiva, kindergartens and schools.
Since assuming leadership of the community in 5766, Rabbi Yaroslavsky has been working tirelessly to develop community institutions and bring new Chabad families to the city.
The surprise move comes as the senior Yaroslavsky is recovering from a recent surgery on his leg that had him hospitalized for the past few weeks.
The influential Beis Din was established by the Rebbe in 5736 as a single body that will connect all rabbis of the Chabad communities in Eretz Yisroel, in order to decide on halachic issues and general matters that are of importance to the Chabad community.
The Beis Din is yet to comment on the new appointment and will have to convene to ratify the decision.
Current members of the Beis Din are Harav Yitzchok Yehuda Yaroslavsky (Kiryat Malachi), Harav Avrohom Michoel Halperin (Yerushalayim), Harav Menachem Mendel Gluckowsky (Rechovot), Harav Yochanan Gurary (Cholon), Harav Yosef Hecht (Eilat), Harav Moshe Havlin (Kiryat Gat) and Harav Yisroel Hendel (Migdal Haemek).