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Current members of the Nascent Sanhedrin

Background Information

The members of the Sanhedrin can generally be characterized as people who are extremely dedicated to their work They fall under the category of our Mishnah – “Those who love the effort and hate the [pride that comes with the] Rabbinut.” (Pirke Avot) Many of them try to fulfill the words of the Rambam, to endeavor in Torah without receiving compensation for such. Many distance themselves from serving in appointed positions as rabbis. The following material is based on publicly available information, and thus is not always complete.

Due to concerns that external pressure would be brought to bear upon individuals not to take part in the establishment of a Sanhedrin, the names of most participants have been withheld up to this point, upon the request of the Sanhedrin's spokesmen.

The Sanhedrin selected of a group of twelve individuals from among themselves to represent the institution in dealings with the public and with Gedolei Yisrael - recognized spiritual leaders of Israel.

Rabbi Meir Yaakov Hakak Halevi (Nasi) and the twelve-member leadership council (above) convenes on weekly basis within a larger court of ordained rabbis from the general ranks of the Sanhedrin that grows steadily, in the ongoing development of a full Sanhedrin Qe`tanah (small Sanhedrin) to lead the Sanhedrin.

The leadership of the developing Sanhedrin stress that they are still in a transitional phase, and that though today's members are Torah scholars and experts in many secular and scientific fields, every one of them has agreed to step aside the moment a more deserving candidate should step forward.