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Kippah via Life In Israel: People studying Torah must take parnassa from the public
March 12, 2013
|Rabbi Zvi Tau|
Rosh Yeshivath Har HaMor
He is like a soldier fulfilling his duty and it is upon the nation to support him.
Esser Agaroth (2¢):
How I could have missed this from last spring, I have no idea. Could it be that it just slipped by?
|Merkaz HaRav Kook Yeshivah|
Qiriyath Moshe, Jerusalem
Rabbi Zvi Tau is part of the Triumvirate of Mamlakhi (Undying State Loyalists) rabbis, which also includes Rabbi Hayim Drukman and Shlomo Aviner. The mamlakhti school of thought refuses to acknowledge the increasing number of conflicts between halakhah (Torah Law) and Israeli Law.
On the other end of the Religious Zionist spectrum is Merkaz HaRav, the very yeshivah from with Har HaMor broke away.
|Rabbi Avraham |
This was a far crying from the undying State-loyalists, telling soldiers to faint, or pretend to be sick, or even to cry, and then carry out the orders.
This report was no surprise to me. I had already heard of the discrepancy between these two yeshivas in regard to the numbers of students who serve in the army.
I certainly agree with Rabbi Tau's belief that learning of Torah is a service to Israel, above and beyond a protection of Israel.
My point here is that some of the harshest critics of the Haredi Kollel mentality and model are the same mamlakhti "sheeple" whom hang every word spouting from their rabbis' mouths, including Rabbi Tau.
And so, I will ask the same question of Rabbi Tau, which mamlakhtim put to those Haredim requesting exemptions from army service:
Why should some of our children, Merkaz HaRav students for example, have to risk their lives defending our country, while others do not?