New York – In a private letter of support to Rabbi David Stav that was leaked to the media, the RCA expressed its scathing disapproval of Rav Ovadia Yosef and a group of youths who attacked the chief rabbinate candidate at a Bnei Brak wedding this past Sunday night.
VIN News obtained a copy of the letter, which was dated June 17th and written entirely in Hebrew. In the document, the RCA expressed its support for Rabbi Stav and offered extremely harsh criticism to his detractors. As previously reported on VIN News, Rav Yosef referred to Rabbi Stav as “an evil man” and several hours later, a group of youths attempted to physically and verbally intimidate him.
“We trembled when we heard the terrible things said by HaRav Ovadia Yosef and when we heard about the events that took place at the wedding in Bnei Brak. This is Torah and these are its students?” questioned the RCA’s leadership in the document.
The letter, which offered unprecedented criticism of Rav Yosef, went on to describe those actions as “corrupt” and “repulsive” and to express the RCA’s gratitude to Rabbi Stav for his continued efforts on behalf of Jews worldwide as well as the State of Israel.
“We hope to work with you for many years, to continue to spread the greatness and majesty of Torah and to bring our collective hearts closer to our Father in Heaven.”
According to Rabbi Shmuel Goldin, president of the RCA and one of three people who signed the letter, the missive was written to support Rabbi Stav during a potentially difficult period.
“This was sent by the leadership of the RCA to encourage him in the face of what we felt was an unwarranted attack,” Rabbi Goldin told VIN News. “The RCA has not taken a public position on the race for chief rabbi, nor will we. This letter was never meant to be made public. Nevertheless, we stand by it.”