Monday, August 03, 2009

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Under Threat?

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.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

This exile is 3 sau ---Ovadia says on him " there will be no survivor of the house of esau , God has spoken ". ishmael and of course the erev rav rules ! until the true geulah

Shiloh said...

Oy vey! Now, I am not the biggest fan of some Rabbi's, but we are in huge trouble with this. The 'Establishment' is nothing more then fascism masked as a democracy.

Speaking of Rabbi's, this shooting that happened in Tel Aviv's alternative lifestyle section was condemned by R. Yosef, instead of quoting the Torah of Moshe. So possibly we are not loosing anything if the democratically elected gov't forbids the Rabbi's to speak up against their policies. They damn sure won't speak of what the Torah of Moshe say's now, will they.

People, haShem is the only One to get us out of this mess. Better get the sack cloths and ashes going.

Anonymous said...

Like galut Yavan, the Greeks ! :
"We won't murder you, we'll let you live here but please, just don't teach morale."

-Yid

Anonymous said...

in my previous comment above, I meant 'morality' instead of 'morale'

-Yid

joshwaxman said...

I am sure Rav Ovadia Yosef knows the Torah of Moshe. If one thinks otherwise, it is probably because of an unsophisticated and overly literal reading of our Torah, on the level of psukim as opposed to our tradition of interpretation. As for me, I am no Karaite.

kt,
josh

Shiloh said...

Therefore Josh, with that logic, we don't need the return of Temple sacrfices now. Fantastic.

As for me, I am not a Karaite either.

KT

joshwaxman said...

sorry, i don't follow your logic. but a lot of people nowadays don't think themselves karaites but are neo-karaites.

al pi halacha, had *Pinchas* acted when Zimri and Kosbi were not in the act, he would (iirc) be liable to the death penalty. are you really confident that killing a lesbian, who was attending an emotional support group, and who did not receive hasraah, is not murder? and does this confidence come from an understanding of Rabbinic Judaism, or from your own mind of what you think Biblical Judaism supports? please elaborate what is going on in your mind.

kt,
josh

josh said...

This is a scare tactic and stifling free speech. A civil servant cannot criticize the government? Luckily for the rabbis, they cannot really be fired. I hope this does not scare them.

Anonymous said...

lesbianism is not prohibited in the torahs 365 negative mitzvot , its considered a chuk lagoyim , going in the way of the gentiles !

the book blogger said...
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joshwaxman said...

anon:
precisely my point, among others i hinted at. either derabbanan or else (iirc acc to rambam) deduced from maaseh eretz mitzrayim, but not given over to punishment as it is not explicit.
kt,
josh

Anonymous said...

Like I said before, you control the government or the government controls you.

Anonymous said...

B"H
This warning from the govt. sounds eerily similar to the decrees of not so long ago banning Jews from being able to speak against its govt. leaders, and their non-Torah actions...

I won't try to interpret R'Yosef shlit"a's statement, however I think there's at least a couple ways you could interpret it.

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