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Full Acceptance of Shulchan Aruch, Halacha, Basis for Joining Council

Rabbis who do not accept halacha and shulchan aruch (code of religious law) in their entirety will be excluded from the World Rabbinical Council which Chief Rabbi Shlomo Goren plans to set up in Jerusalem to deal with halachic problems arising in Israel and the diaspora.

A re-reading of the Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi’s remarks at a press conference here last Wednesday indicated that he set total acceptance as the criteria of eligibility. Rabbi Goren, when asked if he would invite non-Orthodox rabbis, replied “There is one nation, one Torah, one halacha and one shulchan aruch.” Anyone who rejects any part of this cannot be eligible.