Israel’s Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau (R), Israel’s Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef (2L), and Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon sell the Chametz (food containing leavening) of the state of Israel to Arab Israeli Mr. Jaber (L) before the upcoming Passover holiday, April 21, 2016.Photo of the Day
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Israel’s Chief Rabbi David Lau criticized the visit of Minister of Education and Chairman of the Bayit Yehudi party Naftali Bennett to Conservative congregations in the United States and said that it is clear the minister did not consult with a rabbi about those visits.
According to Rabbi Lau, “The visit constitutes a recognition of congregations that are dangerous to the future of the Jewish nation.”
Rabbi Lau told religious Radio Kol Khai regarding Conservative congregations:
We must continue to educate Jews and explain to them the true values of Jewish tradition and the nation of Israel. Don’t forget, in almost every Jewish family you’ll find a religious grandfather, an ultra-Orthodox grandfather, or even a grandfather who is a rabbi. You will not find a lot of families with a Conservative grandfather.
That is, in the end, when we talk about the future, Orthodoxy is the way.
Rabbi Lau said that in his opinion “the Conservatives are certainly Jews but, again, not because of their moral identity. We must tell them clearly: If you continue in this way, you will lose your children and your grandchildren.”
Rabbi Lau opposed Bennett’s visit to a Conservative School and said, “we should ask Bennett if he consulted with a rabbi before this meeting and I very much fear that he didn’t, [and] this behavior is unacceptable to the entire [nation of] Israel. When you speak to a general audience, of course you’re not going to ask whether everyone in the audience is Orthodox, but to plan in advance an appearance before a certain audience and legitimize its path, when this path removes Jews from the Jewish way, it is forbidden.”
The rabbi continued:
If Minister Bennett were to ask my opinion ahead of his visit, I would have told him clearly that ‘you can’t go to a place where the education removes Jews from the tradition, from the past and from the future of the Jewish nation.’
The Office of Minister Bennett’s responded in a statement saying: “Minister Bennett believes public leaders in Israel should bring Jews in, not ostracize them, and is strongly opposed to statements that keep hearts away rather than bring them closer. We are now in a state of emergency for Diaspora Jews, when assimilation reaches millions of Jews.
“As someone who is responsible for the diaspora issues in the Israeli government, Minister Bennett is proud to care for each and every Jew wherever they are, and will continue to meet with every Jew, no matter their denomination.”JNi.Media
(JNi.media) Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, the Chief Rabbi of Tsfat and a member of Israel’s Chief Rabbinate Council, has called for the prosecution of policemen or soldiers who let terrorist stay alive after an attack. Rabbi Eliyahu was asked on Thursday night via his Facebook page, which is maintained by his staff, “Is it permissible to leave a terrorist alive for questioning after an attack?”
His response was: “It is prohibited to leave an attacker alive after an attack. If you leave alive — there’s a chance that he would be released and kill more people.” The rabbi then added: “Of course, we must seek the best legal way to eradicate this evil from our midst. Only in a case where you really have no other choice, and there is a ticking bomb, it is permitted to keep him alive, interrogate him and then send him to hell as soon as possible.”
Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu is the son of former Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel, Mordechai Eliyahu. He served in an IDF combat unit and is renowned for his harsh views of the Arabs in Israel. He is the sworn enemy of one of the most influential, left-leaning government officials, Attorney-General, Yehuda Weinstein. In July 2013, Eliyahu ran for the post of Sephardi Chief Rabbi, and the AG requested that he drop his candidacy, because of offensive statements he had made. Arab MK Esawi Frej filed an emergency petition with the High Court asking that Eliyahu be disqualified for his “racist” comments, but the Court rejected it. In December 2013, Eliyahu petitioned the high court against AG Weinstein, for using confidential information from an official investigation in his attempt to prevent Eliyahu from running.
In his Facebook responsa, Rabbi Eliyahu also suggested “police officers or soldiers who leave terrorists alive after an attack need to be prosecute. There should an investigating committee to discover how a particular terrorists managed to come alive out of an attack he had launched—perhaps the law not clear enough and it needs to be changed. There may be people in the Prosecutor’s Office who should be prosecuted. Maybe there’s a need to shake up some police or army officers.”JNi.Media
European rabbis honored the prime minister of France on Tuesday for his role in fighting anti-Semitism in the country.
Prime Minister Manuel Valls received the Lord Jakobovits Prize at the annual Conference of European Rabbis, held in Toulouse.
Both Chief Rabbis of Israel attended the gathering, as did others from nations across the European continent.
Conference organizers chose Toulouse as the venue for the gathering in order “to commemorate the attacks” where a rabbi and three Jewish children were murdered at a Jewish day school by a radical Islamist terrorist in 2012.
Valls was chosen to receive the award shortly after he announced a 600-million Euro nationwide drive to fight the rising incidence of anti-Semitic attacks in France.
Violent anti-Semitic attacks have skyrocketed by 40 percent worldwide during the past 18 months — but in France alone, 164 such incidents were recorded in 2014, in contrast to 141 in 2013.
Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, president of the Conference of European Rabbis, said the decision to honor Valls was made after his “decisive” action to “protect the Jews of France from the mobs who were about to make a pogrom against our people and our synagogues.”
Goldschmidt told more than 200 rabbis at the annual event, “There are some voices asking if there is a future for the Jewish people in Europe.
“I say this question can only be answered by the European governments themselves – and if that answer is to be a positive answer, then they must follow the example of Prime Minister Valls.”Hana Levi Julian
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Yishai is joined in-studio by Momo Lifshitz, the CEO of Lirom Global Education and former director of Oranim Educational Initiatives, the #1 provider of Birthright Israel participants. He shares his dream to bring Jewish and non-Jewish students to study in Israel and get a college degree at a great price, while falling in love with — and in — the country.
Then, Yishai is joined in-studio by Rabbi Avichai Rontzki, former IDF chief rabbi (2006-2010), with the rank of Brigadier General. During his post, Rontzki carried out a mini-revolution in the command, expanding his mandate to allow for a much more active role of rabbis in the army, and creating the “Jewish Awareness Department,” which conducts educational activities in combat units.
Former IDF Chief Rabbi Avichai Rontzki announced on Saturday night that he would run in the Bayit Yehudi primaries.
Rontzki began his army career in 1969 as a navy seal in Shayet 13 switching over to a paratroopers/commando unit which he commanded in the Yom Kippur war.
He kept moving up in the ranks, switching over to the reserves, where he became chief of staff of the Samaria Territorial Brigade.
After the Yom Kippur War Rontzki became religious, and became one of the founders of the town of Itamar in the Shomron, as well as the Elon Moreh Hesder Yeshiva, which he headed as Rosh Yeshiva.
In 2006 he was appointed as Chief Rabbi of the IDF with the rank of Brigadier General.Jewish Press News Briefs
The PLO, to which the Palestinian Authority is subservient, has escalated its campaign to remove all connection between Judaism and the site of the destroyed Holy Temples by appealing to international media to stop using the ”inaccurate term Temple Mount.”
“The Al-Aqsa Mosque compound is not a disputed territory and all other terms, therefore, are null and void,” according to a PLO statement published by the official Palestinian Authority WAFA news agency.
It claimed that the Al Aqsa mosque has been under exclusive Muslim sovereignty and control since the construction of the Dome of the Rock in 692 CE, which is a blatant lie.
During the period of the Crusaders conquest, the site was turned over to the Augustinians, who turned it into a church while the Al-Aqsa Mosque became a royal palace. The mosque building became the headquarters of The Knights Templar during the 12th century
Israel raised its national flag over the Temple Mount after the Six-Day War in 1967, but Defense Minister Moshe Dayan ordered that it be taken down, and he authorized the Muslim Waqf to supervise the site. Jews freely ascended the Temple Mount without any objection for several years after 1967.
The Chief Rabbinate of Israel, run by Haredim, unwittingly aided and abetted the Muslim campaign to exclude Jews by ruling that Jews are forbidden from ascending the Temple Mount because they might walk over the buried ruins of the Holy Temples. An increasing number of national religious rabbis have permitted and even encouraged vesting areas of the Temple Mount where they say there is no such concern.
WAFA described the entire 36-acre site of the Al Aqsa mosque compound as a Muslim holy site.
The Palestinian Authority over the past decade has tried to eliminate any proof that the Holy Temples existed by removing hundreds of tons of debris that contained artifacts of the Temple period.
WAFA stated for media consumption that the Al Aqsa c=mosque compound is “sacred to approximately 1.6 billion Muslims around the world and [is] a symbol for all Palestinians.”
It added that the compound ”is located in East Jerusalem, an internationally recognized part of the Occupied State of Palestine” and alleged that “since Israel’s military occupation of East Jerusalem in the June 1967 War, several plots by settler organizations and other Zionist extremists to blow up the Mosque were uncovered by the Israeli authorities.”
The PLO strategy is to cash in on the Chamberlain-like appeasement preaching that “settler leaders, with the support of the Israeli government, continue to incite against this sacred site, and consequently provoke Palestinian fears and anger.”
According to the theory, Israel should not do anything that angers the Muslims.
It is no wonder that Iran still frees free to propose peace in the Middle East by annihilating Israel.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei tweeted, “Khamenei.ir @khamenei_ir This barbaric, wolflike & infanticidal regime of #Israel which spares no crime has no cure but to be annihilated. 7/23/14 #HandsOffAlAqsa”.Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu