Good idea, but…Rabbi Avraham Yosef, Chief Rabbi of Holon and the son of Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef recently stirred up some controversy when he declared that any newly religious Jew must follow Sephardic tradition, even if the person is originally of Ashkenazic descent. Rabbi Avraham Yosef is considered by most to be the son most likely to inherit his father’s mantle as head of Shas. Shas, Hebrew acronym for Sephardi Torah Guardians, currently holds eleven seats in the Knesset as well as 4 Cabinet posts.
Now, ordinarily, I would wholeheartedly support Rabbi Avraham Yosef’s ruling. And why not? Sephardic Jews eat better food, are far less neurotic, have a refreshing lack of insane cultural chumras and dance better than our holy Ashkenazic brothers and sisters. Sephardim can eat rice and legumes on Passover, never eat Geffilte fish, and we have not suffered the detrimental consequences of Emancipation. No Sephardic Rabbi ever said “Casablanca is the new Jerusalem.” Sorry Moses Mendelsohn.
That having been said however, this message would resonate A LOT more with me if it didn’t come from a guy who, for all intents and purposes, looks like a Litvack rosh yeshivah. What the heck is up with that??