IsraelNN.com: Praise For Religious Zionism Leader's Israel PrizeRabbi Chaim Druckman is being awarded the Israel Prize.
There was an enthusiastic response to the news that Rabbi Chaim Druckman will receive the Israel Prize for his contributions to society and education. The long-time religious Zionist leader. The chairman of the Jewish Home Party and Science Minister Rabbi Daniel Hershkovitz congratulated Rabbi Druckman, as did Members of Knesset Uri Ariel (National Union Party) and Zevulun Orlev (Jewish Home Party).
AMIT educational network Dr. Amnon Eldar, Yeshiva Association CEO Eitan Ozeri and many others congratulated him as well.
Well, first let's take a look at his opinion on Torah Law vs. Israeli Law.
Here is an article from the Jerusalem Post:
Rabbi Druckman: I oppose any insubordination
Rabbi Haim Druckamn on Wednesday told Eyal Gabai, director-general of the Prime Minister's Office, that he opposes any insubordination in the IDF.
However, Druckman, who heads the Or Etzion Yeshiva and the Union of Hesder Yeshivot, reportedly went on to say that if a soldier could not follow an order for a halachic or moral reason, he had a right to say that he cannot follow it.
Gabai praised Druckman for speaking out against insubordination, and said that "insubordination of any kind is unthinkable and cannot be part of the legitimate discourse."
Rabbi David Stav also attended the meeting in Jerusalem, which was dedicated to discussing the ties between hesder yeshivot and the Defense Ministry.
The meeting came after Druckman reportedly told the Olam Katan pamphlet, which is distributed in synagogues on Shabbat, that following military orders to evacuate settlements "is not only impossible, it is not allowed."
"I tell students they should first ask [their commanders] to be acquitted from the mission without creating a scene. But if you are eventually pushed into a corner and you are not relieved [of this duty] - then there is no choice," Druckman was quoted as saying in the interview.
The rabbi went on to stress that he hoped there would be no need for insubordination of this kind.
"Of course I very much hope things will not come to this. Especially after the Gush Katif trauma, when it turns out that in retrospect, even those who supported [the Gaza disengagement] believe that it brought no good and only added to our troubles. I hope we will have the brains not to repeat such moves," Druckman told Olam Katan.
Druckman noted that Jewish law and military commands do not contradict each other, since the IDF recognizes the fact that a religious soldier cannot be ordered to do anything that is against halacha.
I still cannot figure out what his opinion is based on this article. Can you?
Well, there is one thing which is certain. Rabbi Druckman recommends that soldiers run away from their responsibility to make decisions as to whether to commit grievous sins, or not, and to put such decisions into the hands of their IDF commanders,...without making a scene.
Centuries of Jews who made a scene for the sake of Torah observance and for the sake of defending our Holy Land are the reasons we still exist today as a People, not only as a people, but as a people who have merited to return to our Holy Homeland.
But, now, it is better NOT to make a scene??!!
We can also see that from Rabbi Druckman's own words, he does not believe that there is any contradiction between Israeli Defense Forces [IDF] commands,...using circular reasoning, of course. (Read: Mamlakhti - undying State loyalist)
Oh, yeah, and there's that LITTLE issue of the fitness of his Batei Din (rabbinical courts) which rule on conversions, which has yet to be resolved. That's hardly a little issue
Then, I just saw this piece in the
אברום בורג מצטרף למחאה נגד דרוקמן
יו"ר הכנסת לשעבר ובוגר ישיבת נתיב מאיר הצטרף לקריאה לשלול מהרב פרס ישראל. "זה בלתי אפשרי אחרי שתמך בקופולוביץ'"
Avraham Burg Joins The Protest Against Druckman
Former Speaker of the K'nesset and graduate of the Netiv Meir Yeshiva has joined the call to revoke the rabbi's receipt of the Israel Prize. "This is not possible after his support of Kopolovich."
Burg is referring to "Rabbi" Kopolovich, former head of the Netiv Meir Yeshiva, who was convicted of sexually abusing his students. He and his camp take issue with Rabbi Druckman receiving the Israel Prize, after having supported Kopolovich.
I am no fan of Burg, quite the opposite in fact. But, he does have a point.
Here are presented only three of the reasons as to why the awarding of the Israel Prize to Rabbi Chaim should be questioned. Not one, but three completely different reasons.
So, tell me again. Why is Rabbi Druckman getting the Israel Prize?