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Haredi Soldier that Was Thrown Out of Shul Honored with an Aliyah

The story about the Haredi soldier who was shamed and kicked out of the Toldos Avraham Yitzchak synagogue in Beit Shemesh is not over yet, reports B’Hadrei Haredim: the soldier arrived at the synagogue this week, in civilian clothing, and was honored with an aliyah to the Torah by one of the members.

As, reported last week, a uniformed, 27 year old Haredi soldier, father of two, came to the Toldos Avraham Yitzchak shul in the Nachala U’Menucha neighborhood of Beit Shemesh to pray. At the courtyard entrance, one of the chassidim warned him: “Don’t enter this beis medrash in an IDF uniform.” Later on, when he did decide to go inside, he was verbally attacked by one of the men in the shul who yelled, “Get out, you impure person! Get right out!”

On Monday, close to 11 AM, the same soldier arrived to pray at one of the “shteiblach” (smaller shuls) on the lower level of the same building. According to the report of a person who was also praying there, “the other worshippers spoke with him nicely, even those that had shouted at him. They also spoke about the commotion that resulted from the story’s publication.”

He also said that “one of the people praying there even bought him an aliyah.”

They sell aliyot on a weekday morning? Seriously? That’s a much bigger story than the whole soldier thing…

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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5 Responses to “Haredi Soldier that Was Thrown Out of Shul Honored with an Aliyah”

  1. Mark L. Shane says:

    some guy also said to them…you who are without sin can cast the first stones…In this day and age many step up to the plate and do cast stones…thus we have the brimstone and fire promised for next time…. to look forward too…thanks hareidis…where is your love?

  2. Anonymous says:

    So they sell aliyot on weekdays! So what! A lot of people will send in a donation after receiving an aliyah. This gives them the choice, rather than the gabbai, of when to give the money. Some batei knesset charge dues. Some make appeals before kol nidrei. Some have committees that phone people & ask for money. A beit knesset needs money to pay its bills. How it gets the money, it seems to me, is up to the people who go there. There's no place for someone not involved in the congregation to criticize this choice of theirs. And being sure the soldier was given an aliyah was a way for the minyan to do tshuvah for their other actions. Kol hakavod to them.

  3. Boris Moyse says:

    people, what are we doing to one another? is this really how we are "to love their fellow"?

  4. Anytime this soldier wants to pray in uniform, all he has to do is walk down the street and pray at Ohel Yonah Menachem. He will be welcomed with opened arms and he will probably be given an aliyah. Kol Hakavod to him for serving in the IDF.

  5. Back in 2002 in the height of the Intifada I was serving during what I would consider very trying times. I had just returned to being religious after leaving the "herd" for many years. My friend took me to Bnei Barak to see Reb Chaim Kanievsky (who I had a wonderful experience with). My friend took me to daven in the shul right outside his home. I put my gun underneath a bench and was wearing my uniform. I prayed pretty fervently as someone might do right after meeting such a holy man. Without shame, not one, but two bastards came to me with a sefer in hand showing me why I should leave the Beis Hamedrish. My response to this article is as shameful as I felt almost 10 years ago and this brings nothing but hate in my heart. Hate that does not show outwardly rather makes me continue to want to avoid any part of the Haredi lifestyle because they my friends are the true Muslims of the Jews. Chasidus was not meant for the masses rather a select few. The masses do not have sustainable intelligence. Breeding and brainwashing masses into Chasidus is the direct results of such creeps hijacking what should be an exemplary community.

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