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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Head of National Religious yeshiva decries Justice ministry malice against Haredim

Rabbi Yaakov Medan, one of the Roshei Yeshiva (heads) of the Har Etzion yeshiva, a national religious yeshiva that combines Torah study with army service (hesder) has attacked the Justice ministry for its malice against Haredim. The triggers for the attack are the Attorney General's and the Justice Minister's calls last week for criminalizing discrimination against women. This is from the first link.
Rav Medan explains that the decision to declare these areas of life illegal is no accident, but “malice”. In his column in the weekly Makor Rishon the rav states “I posit the attorney general would not take the same measures against Muslims or Druse which are also careful to maintain a standard of modesty between men and women. I believe it is being done against the chareidim davka at this time, because he now feels the blood of the chareidi tzibur is hefker as a result of statements from Finance Minister Yair Lapid and his assistant, Mickey Levi.”
“The attorney general at present permits himself to set guidelines for people brushing against one another in a line, on a bus or elsewhere, and this is no mistake – it is malice. Chareidim already view themselves persecuted for their beliefs vis-à-vis the government, and they are already entrenched in their homes, and we are now in danger of losing the achievements, the integration seen to date in the IDF and society at large.”
Rav Medan adds “We are the ones who should be shouting, not the chareidim for after they are taken out of the picture we will be next in line.”
Indeed. Too bad much of the national religious public is so mired in their seats in the government that they cannot recognize what is coming next. 

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