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Rav Ovadia: I Love Knitted-Yarmulke Jews – But Not their MKs

Rav Ovadia Yosef, the same rabbi who last month call national religious Rabbi Stav “evil,” now says he really loves knitted kippa Jews. Well, most of them. Their political leaders still are Amalek. Happy Tu B'Av.
Adina Bar Shalom with her father, Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.

Adina Bar Shalom with her late father, Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.
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Shas party’s spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef said Saturday night he really loves knitted-kippa Jews,” but it’s just their political leaders who are “Amalek” – the eternal enemy of Jews.

The national religious community in Israel now can breathe easier and know that Rav Ovadia really loves them.

Sure, the distinguished  rabbi said last month that national religious Chief Rabbinate candidate Rabbi David Stav is “evil” and an “enemy to Judaism,” but, heck, that was just meant to cheer up Shas’ favorite clientele, the dwindling Sephardi community that still feels oppressed by the elite Ashkenazi community. Indeed they are, but they are equally oppressed by their own leaders. So what better way to keep the common people in line by telling them that the Rabbi really loves Jews, even those who wear a knitted kippa.

But what about Shas Rabbi Shalom Cohen, who said in a sermon a week ago that “as long as there are knit[ted] kippot, the [divine] throne is not whole?  That’s Amalek. When will the throne be whole? When there is no knit kippa.”

If a listener thought Rabbi Cohen, who is a member of Shas’ Council of Torah Sages, meant that knitted-kippa Jews are Amalek, he did not understand correctly God forbid he should say such a thing.

Rav Ovadia, who sat silently on the podium as Rabbi Cohen spoke, knows exactly what he really meant.

Sure, Rabbi Cohen said some things against” those rebellious national religious Jews with knitted kippot, but he was only referring to their political leaders, opined Rav Ovadia.

Love, love, love, he said. Love for everyone – with one small exception. It is the political leaders of the knitted-kippa crowd who are problematic.

They not only are problematic. They are the true Amalek, Israel’s eternal enemy dating back to the days of  the Exodus from Egypt.

And who is the real knitted-kippa modern Amalek  of the Jews? None other than Naftali Bennett, chairman of the Jewish Home party, which, unlike Shas, took the daring move in the last elections to  welcome secular Jews as Knesset Members and put the emphasis on nationalist instead of religious.

Rav Ovadia has his grounds for considering Bennett Amalek.

The Jewish Home party is against exempting Haredi youth from IDF service forever. That means that Shas yeshivas would have less youth learning , or at least registered as learning, in their institutions,

If there are less students, there is less money from donors, especially from the Israeli taxpayer whose hard-earned money has been going into black-hat yeshivas for years with the payback that the future Torah scholars and eternal voters for Shas are defending the nation by learning Torah, even if they are just listed as learning and actually working or stashing home.

Now that Rav Ovadia has explained  Rabbi Cohen and has mended ties with the national religious community, except for those enemies of Jews like Bennett, Israel is ready for Tu B’Av, which begins Sunday night.

The Talmud lists it along with Yom Kippur as the most joyous days of the year when, according to the Talmud, that the daughters of Jerusalem go out dressed in white and dance in the vineyards and said, “Young man, consider who you choose (to be your wife).” Tu B’Av is the same day of the 40th yearin the desert when the ban was lifted on female orphans marrying into another tribe.

It is the perfect day for a daughter of a Shas rabbi to become engaged to the son of a national religious politician.

And God willing, Rabbi Cohen and Rav Ovadia will perform the marriage ceremony.

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About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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4 Responses to “Rav Ovadia: I Love Knitted-Yarmulke Jews – But Not their MKs”

  1. Myriam Obadia says:

    How strange, I have nothing but love for the nice Haredi people I've met, but I cannot stand their overbearing, divisive, foul mouthed, and corrupt MKs.

  2. he doesn't like their MKs because they don't kiss his behind or take orders from him like his Shas lackeys.

  3. Rav Ovadia loves the real Amalek, he Hugs and kisses Shimon Perez who was in charge of the nuclear program in Israel which radiated 100,000 Moroccan children with 35,000 times the amount of radiation people can handle as human experiments in the 1950s. Thousands died and thousands more died early and are sick for their shirt life.
    This is what Ovadia Yosef loves. Real evil, as long as they pretend to respect him.

  4. Anonymous says:

    SOME JEWISH PRESS WRITERS CREATING DISUNITY AND HATE.

    You know he doesn't mean those things- its just politics. Its like when a couple fight- they say the worst things out of anger. The difference here is newspapers like the Jewish Press who make money by highlighting differences and fights instead of trying to find common ground- no money there and a newspaper needs to make money. honest question – if reporting on common ground and unity between groups made more money than disputes would the Press be reporting and imflaming these arguements. Its just loshon hara- one person says something in anger he really doesn't mean and the newspaper reports it to the ears of the one insulted(which is the Torah sin of bearing a tale) which get the insulted mad and makes him say something in defense he really does not mean which causes this cycle of hate to worsen. End of the day newspaper reporters like the one that reported and instigated its readers (YOU) to hate a Torah leader who has brought thousands to the path of Torah is doing you and Israel a disservice by causing hatred and dissension and division between fellow Jews. Of course they will write it off as reporting the news or parnassa. G-d help us. Don't fall for it. Lets all make efforts to make peace and we should all e-mail the Press to stop this kind of hate mongering- its the worst enemy to the security of Israel.

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