A venerable organization of Europe’s Orthodox rabbis finds itself challenged by an upstart rabbinical group controlled by Chabad. The Chabad group tries to get itself invited to an important interfaith conference sponsored by the EU. The EU does not bite, because it already recognized the nearly 50-year-old non-Chabad group. Chabad donors and flunkies exert more pressure. The EU still doesn’t bring in Chabad. Israel’s scandal-plagued Ashkenazi chief rabbi Yona Metzger enters into the fray on the side of and, it seems, the request of – Chabad – and in the process appears to have violated Israeli law. More on this story soon to come.