Shlomo Amar

Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem

Shlomo Moshe Amar (Hebrew: שלמה משה עמאר‎‎; born in 1948) is the current Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem. He served as the Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel and the Rishon LeZion from 2003 to 2013. His colleague was Rabbi Yona Metzger, the former Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel.

Shlomo Moshe Amar


  • Even when there is a struggle between nations it cannot be turned into a war of religions.
    • In a letter to Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi criticizing the pope Benedict XVI for his remarks on Islam. [3] (17/09/2006)
  • I am saying cult. It is a cult of abomination. It is clear that it is abomination. The Torah punishes it with death. This is in the first line of serious sins. They say 'tendency,' 'perversion' -- nonsense. There is lust, and a person can overcome it if he wants, as with any other kind of lust. This is one of the most forbidden types of lust. The most grave.
  • There is no such thin as having understanding or tolerance for this. ... When I have spoken about this in the past, secular people called to thank me. People don't want it. They want their children to get married and have children.

Quotes about Amar

  • Rabbi Amar can hide behind the Torah as much as he wants, but we hear his darkness, not the Torah. The time has come to stop funding his salary. Rabbi Amar receives money from the State of Israel. Is he claiming that we need to execute homosexuals? Does he also recommend stoning, as the Torah instructs?
    • Zehava Gal-On, about Amar's statements on the LGBT community. [7] (November 17, 2016)
  • Once again, Rabbi Amar proves that he is not worthy of his title as chief rabbi of Jerusalem. His comments, which are nothing more than baseless hatred peppered with ignorance, harm Israelis and Jews who pay his state salary. Rabbi Amar has fouled his mouth ahead of the holy Sabbath. His comments distance communities further and further away from the dark Judaism that he represents.
    • Israel Religious Action Center Director Rabbi Noa Sattath, about Amar's statements on the LGBT community. [8] (November 17, 2016)
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