News reports present the following...
HEADLINE: Rabbis Silenced By Authorities
The newspaper “Yediot Hamifratz” reports that the authorities have warned leading Rabbis against speaking against the government, even with regard to subjects such as the Disengagement and selling pork. Rabbis will only be allowed to publish “a theoretical halachic essay dealing with debates in the country’s courts, and only on condition that the actual article states that it is dealing with a purely theoretical viewpoint.”
The report also states that the Chief Rabbi of Kiryat Motzkin, Rabbi Dovid Druckman, is known for being highly opinionated and for not hesitating to speak his mind in public, even if his beliefs differ from those of the Establishment. The Rabbis have been warned that anyone who goes against this “regulation” will be expected to pay a significant penalty, with everything that this entails.
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