Charedi rabbi refuses to officiate at wedding of Avigdor Lieberman’s son
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Charedi rabbi refuses to officiate at wedding of Avigdor Lieberman’s son

Rabbi Baruch Dov Diskin said he did not want to appear to endorse the politician, who is staunchly anti-Charedi.

Avigdor Lieberman, leader of the Israeli secular nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu party, gives an address at the party's electoral headquarters in Jerusalem late on September 17, 2019. - . Photo by: JINIPIX
Avigdor Lieberman, leader of the Israeli secular nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu party, gives an address at the party's electoral headquarters in Jerusalem late on September 17, 2019. - . Photo by: JINIPIX

A Charedi rabbi has refused to officiate at the marriage of the son of Avigdor Lieberman, the head of the Yisrael Beiteinu party.

Rabbi Baruch Dov Diskin, the rosh yeshiva of the Orchot Torah yeshiva in Bnei Brak, said he did not want to appear to endorse the politician, who is staunchly anti-Charedi.

Lieberman’s son, Amos Lieberman, lives a Charedi lifestyle, attends Diskin’s yeshiva and maintains a close relationship with him, according to reports.

Since Diskin is not registered with the chief rabbinate to perform wedding ceremonies, he would have needed special permission to officiate, The Yeshiva World news website reported.

Rabbi David Grossman, who has officiated at many high-profile weddings in Israel, reportedly will officiate.

Another wedding controversy being reported by Israeli media is that Amos Lieberman wants to completely separate men and women at the wedding, in accordance with Charedi custom, but his father objects.

“The wedding will be Jewish, not Charedi, as there will be rabbis, secular people and religious people at the wedding,” Lieberman’s office said in a statement.

 

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