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Friday, February 28, 2014

Religious Zionist students urge their rabbis not to attend rally

Rabbi Shlomo Aviner, a prominent religious Zionist rabbi, announced on Kol b'Rama radio (a Haredi station) this week that he plans to attend Sunday's mass rally against drafting Haredim.
Rabbi Shlomo Aviner told Kol B’Rama radio that he would be there, saying, “Just like the nation needs an army – that’s obvious – the nation needs Torah… We can’t hurt one without hurting the other.”
But not everyone in the national religious community agrees.
A group of students wrote a letter urging the rabbis not to attend, and even warning that they could come to harm due to strong anti-Zionist sentiment among those present.

The letter, a copy of which reached Arutz Sheva, quoted several articles from hareidi news sources in which religious-Zionist rabbis were accused of spreading anti-Torah teachings, of “ruining everything,” and of being “wicked.”
“Even if the purpose of the prayer rally Sunday were a good one – please don’t go, because of the danger posed by the herd which is incited by its leaders,” they wrote.
Similar comments were made by former IDF Chief Rabbi Avichai Ronsky.
“I really find it difficult to understand how there are rabbis, great Torah scholars, some of them my teachers, who are calling to participate [in the rally] and even plan to attend,” he said.
“Our moral understanding, our understanding of halakhah [Jewish law], is that men must enlist in the army. Even Torah scholars – maybe for a limited period of time, like in the hesder program… That’s our Jewish and moral understanding,” he declared.
It is clear that the planned hareidi rally will be a protest against enlisting in the IDF, and not merely a protest against the planned criminal sanctions, he said. “They call not to enlist in the army, even for those who aren’t learning [Torah]."
“It’s no secret that many don’t enlist even if they aren’t learning… The rabbis simply do not want them to enlist, because they want to keep their community separate from society,” he accused.
He noted that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has promised that no yeshiva students will be sent to jail.
“I call on our entire community not to take part in the protest, which will call on the hareidi community not to enlist in the army,” he concluded.
I don't expect to see a lot of knitted kippot (skullcaps) of the national religious community at Sunday's rally. But you never know. When I went to political rallies against Oslo, I always wore my black hat....

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At 12:27 PM, Blogger Shy Guy said...


... that was you out there with the black hat.



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