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14-year old Rabbi???
October 11, 2010, 2:53 pm
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A 14-year old boy has petitioned the High Court of Justice against Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar with a demand to obligate the Chief Rabbinate to check his ordination exam. If the court rules in his favor, the boy will be in line to become the world’s youngest rabbi.  

Moshe Raziel Sharify claims in the petition that he is gifted and that his teachers for Torah studies and Judaism recommended that he take the rabbi ordination exam. For this reason, Sharify says, he studied day and night in preparation for the test.  

Moshe ‘studied day and night for test’ (Photo: Ido Erez) 

Sharify’s parents, the attorneys who filed the petition, say the boy was seated in the examination room when Rabbi Amar entered to wish the candidates luck. However, when he saw Moshe, he asked his age and then ordered that his exam be disqualified.  

The Chief Rabbinate responded to the petition Sunday by explaining that according to its guidelines, only those who studied in a yeshiva for four years after the age of 18 can take the ordination exam.  

A rabbinate official told Ynet that any divergence from the guidelines would be a slippery slope that could eventually lead to applications by women and reformists.  

‘Sharify begged us to let his son be tested’

Sharify’s parents say the boy received the approval of senior rabbis and that he had paid the exam fee, afterwards receiving an official letter summoning their son to take the test. Amar disqualified Moshe “contrary to reason and in the absence of minimal logic or due to outside considerations”, the petition says.

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