Rav of the Kosel and Holy Sites Shmuel Rabinowitz does not have semicha according to a Galei Tzahal (Army Radio) report.
The report sites that at the age of 25 he began serving as the Rav of Holy Sites and he later received responsibility for the Kosel too despite never having been tested to receive semicha.
Officials in Rabbi Rabinowitz’s office responded to the report, explaining he has semicha from a number of rabbonim including gedolim such as HaGaon HaRav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach Shlita, adding at the time, this fulfilled the requirement to hold such a post.
— גלצ (@GLZRadio) June 30, 2016
פרסום ראשון אצל @asaf_lib :הרב שמואל רבינוביץ רב הכותל המערבי והמקומות הקדושים בכלל לא נושא עליו תעודת רב ואף פעם לא נבחן במבחני רבנות.
— אורי איגרא (@origra92) June 30, 2016