Wednesday, May 25, 2005

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Sanhedrin on Disengagement. Sanhedrin??? They're still around?

While this has been around for a little while (and was recently forwarded to me again by a friend), what struck me about this is that while it may seem nothing is really going on here (so, a Sanhedrin, who authorized a group of guys to stand up and call themselves a Sanhedrin), notice the response.

If some inappropriate / unauthorized organization started running around calling itself the Sanhedrin, you'd expect the Gedolim (Jewish religious Torah leaders) to stand up and start screaming about it.

Heard anything from Rav Kotler in Lakewood? Rav Elishav in Bnei Brak? Rav Yosef in Jerusalem? Rav Eliyahu in Jerusalem? The Chief Rabbinute in Israel?

As they say, the silence is deafening.

The momentum is building simply by it's continued existance and, by their silence, the tacit approval of the Gedolim. More is going on here that meets the eye.

The reestablished Sanhedrin has concluded extensive deliberations on the disengagement plan, rejecting it as a contradiction to the Torah of Israel.

The current format of the Sanhedrin is the renewal of the historic Sanhedrin, Judaism's highest legal-religious tribunal during Holy Temple times. The 71-man assembly convened in one of the Holy Temple chambers, and existed from several decades before the Common Era until roughly 425 C.E. The renewed body was launched last year in Tiberias, and convenes in Jerusalem.

Following an intensive study and debate on the issue and its halakhic [Jewish legal] implications, the Sanhedrin drafted a declaration Monday, stating inter alia:

* The disengagement plan, involving the uprooting of Jewish communities in Gaza and Samaria and the abandonment of these areas to a foreign entity, is in direct contradiction to the Torah of Israel, and is null and void. Future governments of Israel will have to re-conquer the areas in question.

* The decision to implement the uprooting will cause large numbers of Jews to transgress many of the Torah's commandments.

* The Government of Israel and the Knesset, in their present form and power structure, are institutions that have no authority according to Jewish Law to render decisions that contradict the Torah of Israel.

* No Jew is permitted to cooperate with the program of uprooting, in any way whatsoever.


There's more, the full article is here.

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