Rabbi Aharon Butbul, Rabbi of the Modi'in Region Regional Council and son-in-law of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef ZTz"L, this morning told a dramatic statement regarding listening to rabbis in elections for ultra-Orthodox local authorities.
In an interview with the radio program "Kol B'rama," Rabbi Butbul stated: "I am going to shatter a myth. When it comes to an ultra-Orthodox city where all representatives are God-fearing and strictly adhere to religious laws, and the only difference between them is their party affiliation, then there is no obligation to listen to the rabbis. This is not a religious law, and it's not a law from Mount Sinai."
Rabbi Butbul added, "There is a city where the head of a ultra-Orthodox list has submitted a candidacy, but he has no chance, and there is a non-ultra-Orthodox mayor who has gained the support of rabbis. Everyone can vote for whomever they think is suitable."