Attorney General recommends chief rabbi to quit for lying

Tuesday, April 04, 2006 | 
Attorney General Menachem Mazuz ruled on Monday that Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yonah Metzger should not be indicted for lying in an investigation, but recommended that he quit his post. Metzger, who was investigated for his stay at a Jerusalem hotel free of charge, lied when he was accused. Mazuz noted Metzger’s conduct throughout his time as chief rabbi has raised concerns. "Rabbi Metzger's versions provided during his questioning, in addition to responses issued on his behalf after the affair's publication, are filled with oddities, version changes, the laying of blame on his subordinates, and at times even an avoidance of telling the truth," Mazuz wrote. “He undermines the norms expected from his as Israel’s chief rabbi and as a rabbinical judge in the Rabbinical High Court.”

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