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Israeli Rebbes Against the Draft to Pitch their Tent in America



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Rebbes and their flock at a rally outside a military prison south of Haifa, in solidarity with two Yeshiva students who were imprisoned for refusing to report to the IDF recruitment offices earlier this month. The notion that only non-Haredi Jews will get killed defending the Jewish State is repugnant. The idea that Israeli Haredi rabbis will go to the diaspora to say loshon hora against Israeli Jews is grotesque.

Rebbes and their flock at a rally outside a military prison south of Haifa, in solidarity with two Yeshiva students who were imprisoned for refusing to report to the IDF recruitment offices earlier this month. The notion that only non-Haredi Jews will get killed defending the Jewish State is repugnant. The idea that Israeli Haredi rabbis will go to the diaspora to say loshon hora against Israeli Jews is grotesque.
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A company in San Francisco specializing in producing large tents for large gatherings has already been contracted, according to JDN, to put together a tent large enough to hold 50 thousand, and heavy enough to stand up to the elements in the north east.

Local Haredi officials have been dealing with the police in the U.S., letting them in on the plan and coordinating with them the security arrangements for the event.

Meanwhile, chairman of the steering committee for the event, Bnei Brak Mayor Chanoch Zeibert has led a delegation to meet with the Skverer Rebbe, to invite him to speak at the historic gathering.

The historic gathering, mind you, will announce that only non-Haredi Jews should die in protecting the Jewish state, while tens of thousands of their Haredi brethren should continue to take their money through government welfare. Anything short of that would hence be considered an antisemitic attack on Jewish values.

The delegation also visited the Visnicher Rebbe in Monsey, NY, and other rebbes, all of whom have embraced the same idea: some Jews sit and learn, other Jews get killed.

The event will commence in Boro Park, where the Israeli rebbes will be met with their American counterparts, and greeted by thousands of yeshiva kids waving flags who will get a day off from their hectic Torah learning. These will certainly not be the Magen David and two blue stripes flags, if I know anything at all about our Haredi brethren.

The tent get together will take place in Edison, New jersey, according to JDN.

According to several sources in the Haredi media in Israel, the holy conference is not yet a done deal. Apparently, a lot of pressure is being applied on the Sephardi rebbes not to go. And not all the Israeli Ashkenazi rebbes are convinced this would be the best way to exact a reasonable deal from the Zionists, who will probably be fuming at the event—as I am now—and not in the best mood for negotiations.

Meanwhile, I saw a great comment by Chagai Hoberman, editor of the shul paper Matzav Haruach. This past Shabbat, Hoberman posted two images which he suggested the departing rebbes should contemplate on their way to attack the IDF and Zionism in America.

One is an image of some anonymous group of yeshiva guys, during their military training. They’re obviously Haredim, and they’re clearly very serious about their service.

Photo credit: Chagai Hoberman, Matzav haruach

Photo credit: Chagai Hoberman, Matzav haruach

The image below was shot by Hoberman’s late father, during his reserves service on the Golan Heights in the 1970s. It shows two buddies from the same reserves unit, one Haredi, the other non-religious.

Photo credit: Chagai Hoberman, Matzav haruach

Photo credit: Chagai Hoberman, Matzav haruach

“It’s a perfect depiction of achdut Israel—Jewish unity,” writes Hoberman.

You should know that in order for these two gentlemen to be serving in the same reserves unit, they have likely served together as enlisted men, three years, no special considerations to either.

If you ask me, each one of the rebbes who leave the Holy Land to the defiled diaspora only in order to speak loshon hora against Jews in Eretz Israel should be punished.

Either court, earthly or heavenly, will do.

Yori Yanover

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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