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Chief Rabbi Lau Condemns Minister Bennett’s Visit to US Conservative School

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

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.”


Rabbi Metzger to be Indicted for Bribery

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Former Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Yona Metzger will be indicted for allegedly stuffing into his pockets nearly $2 million from bribes, he was told Tuesday by Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein.

Rabbi Metzger denies all charges.

Police investigations concluded with several charges for bribery, fraud, breach of public trust, money laundering and cheating on taxes while he was serving as the leading light for the Jewish people.

In Israel, not everyone is innocent until proven guilty, but the country is chock full of apparently airtight cases against public officials who eventually are not convicted, often because the police are even more guilty for sloppy work.

A public official, especially a rabbi, must be above suspicion. Barring the possibility, not to be dismissed,  that Rabbi Metzger is squeaky clean and the police have been on another witch hunt, the case is a black stain on the Chief Rabbinate.

The rabbi allegedly helped himself to princely sums of money to help convert people  to Judaism. Rabbi Metzger is from the Haredi community that frowns on conversions of national religious rabbis, who so far have a record of being among the cleanest of public officials.

The indictments cite several examples of Rabbi Metzger’s alleged contributions to his bank account under the guise of increasing the ranks of Jews. One case involved a wealthy Russian businessman who allegedly paid Rabbi Metzger $360,000 to convert his son and daughter.

Supposedly, he taught them the basic laws of the Torah, such as the prohibitions against stealing and not to place an obstacle in the path of the blind, the basis for prohibitions against being a con artist.

The Israeli public never was thrilled with the appointment of Rabbi Metzger as Chief Rabbi from the day he was suggested for the post.

His appointment as Chief Rabbi was rare if not unprecedented because he never had served as a religious judge.

His predecessor was Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, arguably the most popular Chief Rabbi in generations, one who managed to draw praise and respect from all sectors of Israel, including secular and Sephardi Jews.

His shoes were impossible to fill, but Rabbi Metzger was not even a midget compared to Rabbi Lau.

Rabbi Metzger was only 50 years old when appointed in 2003. He had a national religious background but clearly was in the Haredi court.

To Rabbi Metzger’s credit, he initiated a prayer for Jonathan Pollard, one which has been adopted by thousands of synagogues.

During his tenure, he was very active in approving relations between Jews and other religions.

He also announced his disapproval of attempts to separate men and women on buses.

If Rabbi Metzger is acquitted, he will have moral grounds to sue the police and the government for incredible recklessness.

If he is pronounced guilty, whatever punishment he will serve will not correct the loss of faith of Jews in rabbis.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Eli Yishai Wants Moshe Hager to Run in ‘Yachad’ Party

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Eli Yishai has asked Moshe Hager, a prominent figure in Judea and Samaria and among Army Reservists, to run on his Yachad (Together) party. Hager told The Jewish Press Monday he has not yet decided whether to enter politics.

Pre-election polls so far have left Yishai’s party on the borderline of winning the minimum number of votes necessary for a party to enter the Knesset.

Hagar is a Colonel in the Reserves and founded the first “mechina” religious pre-army Torah Academy in 1991 in Beit Yatir, located on the southern edge of Judea and Samaria, northeast of Be’er Sheva. He also is a nephew of former Chief Rabbi Yisrael Hager-Lau.

Yishai’s choice of Hagar indicates he is not interested in Michael Ben-Ari, who heads his own Otzma party that has no chance of succeeding in the elections.

Unlike Ben-Ari, noted for provocative gimmicks to embarrass leftists, Hagar has an image of moderation and co-existence with those of different opinions although he is strongly rightwing.

A descendant of the Vishnitz dynasty, his running with Yishai might attract more Ashkenazi voters as well as thousands of Israelis who have learned in his mechina and served under his command in active and reserve duty.

When Hager took a leave of absence several years ago, he was replaced by Rabbi Avichai Ronski, who now is candidate on the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) list of candidates.


Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Today is a Fast Day and not ‘Happy New Year’ Day

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

The Fast of the 10th of Tevet is today, January 1, and Chief Rabbi David Lau has asked Jews all over the world to say the mourner’s Kaddish prayer in memory of Holocaust victims.

He emphasized that with the ever-closer eventuality of the death of Holocaust survivors 70 years after the end of the Nazi death machine, there are less relatives alive to recite the prayer.

The fast marks the day on which the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem began in the year 588 BCE, an event which eventually led to the destruction on the Temple 20 years later and the first exile from Israel.

The fast day, which is observed from slightly before sunrise to after sunset, is commemorated shortly after Hanukkah.

The Chief Rabbinate 64 years ago, declared that the 10th of Tevet also is “Holocaust Day” in memory of the Nazis’ victims whose date of death is unknown.

“According to Jewish Law, if the day of death is unknown, a relative chooses which day on which to say Kaddish.”

The government-mandated Holocaust Day is in Nissan, a month when Jewish law does not allow public eulogies. Israel’s secular media, along with foreign media, have a field day every year photographing Haredim who walk while others stand at attention when a siren sounds nationwide to mark Holocaust Day in Nissan.

Haredim also have a problem with the custom of standing at attention, which they consider a non-Jewish custom.

The same media fail to note that in the Hebrew month of Tevet, Haredim mark Holocaust Day, as well as fast, while most of the secular part of the country acts as if nothing happened, except for this year, when they also party without realizing that the day marks the circumcision of the same man in whose name millions of Jews have been massacred over the centuries.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

UPDATE: Hospital Will Not Release Yehuda Glick on Sunday

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Update: The doctors at Shaarei Tzezek will not be releasing Yehudah Glick on Sunday as previously planned. On Friday, the doctors decided to run some additional medical treatments on him.

Shaarei Tzedek Hospital officials said that Rabbi Yehuda Glick will be able to go home Sunday following his miraculous recovery from gunshot wounds at the hands of a Jerusalem Arab who tried to assassinate him last month.

The chief rabbis of Jerusalem and of Israel visited Glick this past week, challenging themselves in the art of diplomacy considering their interpretation of Jewish law that Jews are prohibited from visiting – let alone praying – on the Temple Mount.

Rabbi Glick is the leading activist to encourage Jews to listen to the rulings of a growing number of national religious rabbis who have stated there is no problem with visiting certain areas of the site that covers the ruins of the First and Second Temples.

All rabbis agree that it is forbidden to walk in certain area, such as where the Holy of Holies once stood and where only the High Priest was allowed to enter once a year, on Yom Kippur.

Jerusalem Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Aryeh Stern visited Glick in Thursday. Despite his opposition to Jews visiting the Temple Mount, he tactfully said, “It is with the help of God that He wants your words, and your intentions are in the name of God, and that is most important.”

Glick to told Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi David Lau earlier this week that the Jerusalem Arab who shot him first told him, “I am sorry. But you are an enemy of Al Aqsa” and then pumped four bullets into his chest, one of them puncturing a lung.

It is not surprising that Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef did not visit Glick. Rabbi Yosef last week was not satisfied with reiterating the Haredi stand that Jews aren’t allowed to visit the Temple Mount. He went to the extreme of disgracing himself by labeling rabbis who permit visits as “fourth-rate” rabbis.

Doctors at Shaarei Tzedek will hold a press conference on Sunday before Glick goes home to continue his recovery, which he will not consider complete until he returns to the Temple Mount. Of courses, no one will allow him to pray there because Muslims are afraid that God may hear his prayers,

The idiots don’t know that God also hears a silent prayer.


Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Israeli Muslim Leader Urges ‘Peace’ to Break Israel into Pieces

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

A former convicted terrorist who now is a leading Israeli Muslim cleric and peace advocate has called on rabbis to lead a joint Muslim-Jewish “peace march.”

“We will proclaim to every religious leader that they preach peace between two religions and two peoples,” Sheikh Abdullah Nimar Darwish told Israel Radio in an interview.

“We want to call on politicians to speed up the peace process. Let’s come and make peace together and stage a march in Tel Aviv or Kfar Kassem that will send a message there is enough spilling of blood and enough destruction, enough killing and enough hate.”

Israel radio, which has a long tradition of being an advocate for the center-left, immediately turned to Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi David Lau, for comment.

Israel Radio reported on its website,” Rabbi Lau answered that he supports a meeting of this kind” and he added, “There is no permission in the name of God, and no justification to attack people and not attack the lives of people. I would be happy to have another meeting with the leaders of other religions and deliver the message that this is not the way of God.”

I am not going to second-guess Rabbi Lau but certainly can second guess Israeli Radio, euphemistically known as the “Voice of Israel.”

If Rabbi Lau had declined to respond, the radio station would have reported, “The Chief Rabbi of Israel, whose father is former Chief Rabbi Israel Meir Lau and perhaps the most popular and respected Jewish leader in the country, refused to comment if he favors a peace march with Muslim leaders.”

So Israel Radio got away with another attempt for a campaign to jeopardize Israel as a Jewish state.

Why am I so doubtful of Sheikh Darwish?

Just because he was a terrorist does not mean he has not reformed, but peaceful means do not always have peaceful objectives.

Darwish is a native of Kfar Kassem and studied Islam in Shechem, a hotbed of Palestinian Authority terrorism in central Samaria.

He founded the Islamic Movement in Israel in 1971 and a few years later started a jihadist organization promoting “an Arab Islamic state in Palestine.”

He was arrested for terrorist activities, and he was convicted and jailed until Israel freed him as part of the infamous Jibril Agreement in 1985, when the Peres administration freed 1,150 terrorists and security prisoners in exchange for three Israeli prisoners captured during the First Lebanon War.

Darwish’s reform has included his public opposition to violence, but only in pre-1967 Israel.

However, he remains the spiritual leader of the southern branch of the Islamic Movement, whose northern branch leader is Raad Salah, the radical Islamic preacher who has been in and out of jail several times for violence and incitement, including calls for violence on the Temple Mount.

Salah has disassociated himself from Darwish because the radical leader opposes Darwish’s pragmatic approach to achieve “one-state” solution to the “problem” of Israel’s being a Jewish state.

“Whoever establishes a movement that is based on violation of the law, does not represent us,” Darwish has said. “However, in the West Bank and Gaza there is no rule of law; there is an occupation which must be eliminated, and not a state which must be respected.

“Therefore, I understand the Palestinians or the Lebanese, which are rising up in any way they can… If I were being occupied, I too would rise up, but the moment I decided that I am a part of the state as long as I am within the borders of the Green Line, I obey the law, together with my representatives in the Knesset, and this is proof that I do recognize the State of Israel.”

Darwish “understands” the need for violence in Judea, Gaza and Samaria while calling for peace, justifying violence because of the “occupation” and publicly opposing violence in Israel, despite his organization’s incitement. The southern branch of the Islamic Movement includes tens of thousands of Bedouin, who have become a major demographic threat.

Except for Be’er Sheva, the Bedouin population is the overwhelming majority in the Negev, thanks primarily to the government’s blind eye to bigamy. They have squatted on thousands of square miles of state land, including areas adjacent to IDF bases.

Darwish’s “peace march” proposal is like the American-backed “peace process,” which the Palestinian Authority pursues until it no longer can achieve its objective of a non-Jewish Israel.

They called that “peace.”

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Chief Rabbinical Visit

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi David Lau visits a Talmud Torah in Bat Ayin (Gush Etzion) at the beginning of the school year.

Photo of the Day

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