Is this response of the Rav's z"l son out of pain at his passing (I doubt it as Rav O Yosef z"l was in his 90's and ill for some time). So we have it turned into politics again and again and again I was personally very hurt by the pre-election rhetoric that came from the Shas party in the name of the Rav z"l which was lashon harah and this was repeated and continues to be repeated. I (and perhaps many others) are left to believe that our religious leaders are not spiritual persons but politicans in disguise and this leaves the younger and future generations with little hope (as did Gush Katif where they were for the most part silent to the end!).
I still fail to understand why the drafting of charedi young men is such a terrible thing for these people. If the young men want to do army service, why shouldn’t they? It’s only a percent anyway, not all yeshiva backers. Besides, are they so removed from reality that they don’t see the harm they do to the unity of clal Yisrael? Many Israelis can’t stand the Charedi values, partly because of this stance, and that puts a bad light on the Torah these rabbis say they want to lift up. I distrust them mightily because they ignore the teachings of Torah on the responsibility to fight for the Land. What chutzpah that they should think the rest of Israel needs to support them AND protect them, without getting anything in return. So they study Torah all day? Without applying it, it’s worse than meaningless.
How inappropriate that the sons used their Fathers death to speak of what they think their Father felt. They live in a country that needs every persons assistance in volunteering to do their part. You can't be a schnorer all your life!
It is not the moment to speak during the shiva of what they want to impose to the Israeli society ! Shame . Their father was a saint but they are not !
Comment by Monica Pinto — October 9, 2013 @ 4:58 PM
The draft of the bahure yeshiva is an issue to be discussed at the Kenesset and not at a mourning family. It is disgraceful what Rabbi Ovadia’s children did. I believe that they behavior was against the “law of mourning”, such as “you do not take advantage of a mourner’s weakness”; here the weakness of the mourners became they strength: embarrassing Netanyahu and advancing political/religious requests while he was paying a shiv’a call. Well, as regard Rabbi Ovadia zikhrono li-vrakha.
Comment by Richard Sandler — October 9, 2013 @ 9:12 PM
an idiot….this is what he is thinking as he grieves for his father?
Comment by Richard Sandler — October 10, 2013 @ 12:13 AM
Did the sons of Ovadya Yosef serve in the military or did they hide in the Beit Midrash so other sons should serve for them? I member that during the six day war, rather than give the soldiers some rest from fierce fighting and being wounded, rather than visit the wounded and pray for them, he insisted to visit the Kotel before anyone else which was not a time for that. Rabbi Ovadya Yosef was a genius of a man for Torah but in raising his sons in practicing Judaism and fight for Israel, there seems to be some oversight which the goyim laugh ar the Rabbi's who excumunicate themselves from the most sacred parts of our holy religion and decreed by Hashem.
The Netanyahu family paid the ultimate sacrifice for Judaism by the death of Yoni in the rescue of the Jews from Uganda before they were killed however, did the Ovadiya boys serve Hashem in the same way to defend Jews physically by serving in the army – this is Hashem's army instead of publicly rebuking the Jewish leader to keep cowards from being in Hashem's army?
If the Zionist felt that Uganda was the promised land why didn't they stay? At one time even Thessaloniki in Greece was considered the promised land?
Comment by Paul Hatgil — October 10, 2013 @ 4:10 PM
Simply incredible how you can all sit here and make sweeping indictments of Rav Ovadia's grieving sons, who are distinguished rabbis in their own right. Their judgment is clouded by grief, and even if you disagree with their political views you have no right to call them "idiots"
Comment by Menachem Rephun — October 17, 2013 @ 9:50 PM