Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Israeli Religious State Loyalists: This is a Test!

ערב יו״ט השביעי לפסח תשע"ה Rabbis issue ruling banning police, IDF from involvement in yeshiva seizure
Jeremy Sharon, April 1, 2015

Rabbi Dov Lior
A group of senior hard-line national-religious rabbis have called on police and military personnel not to involve themselves in any way in the use of the Od Yosef Hai yeshiva building in the settlement of Yitzhar, which was requisitioned by the IDF last year due to security considerations.

The yeshiva was seized by the IDF in April 2014, due to what the military said at the time was a series of violent incidents that had emanated from the institution against local Palestinian communities and IDF personnel in and around the settlement.

Rabbi Yisra'el Ariel
Since then a Border Police battalion has been stationed in the yeshiva, and the military seizure order has been extended several times, the last time in November 2014 for an additional six months.

The seizure of the yeshiva has evoked outrage in Yitzhar and among settler leaders, including some of the sector’s leading rabbis, who spoke out against the ongoing seizure on Tuesday.

In their letter, rabbis Dov Lior, Yitzchak Ginsburgh, Yisrael Ariel and Yitzhak Shapira, among others, said the seizure of the yeshiva and its use as an army base is disgraceful and “extremely upsetting.”

“According to the Torah of Israel, this deed is forbidden, because the structure was stolen from its owners; because of the desecration of what is sacred and the impingement upon the sanctity of the synagogue and study hall which never expires; and because of the Torah study that has been prevented by the closure of the yeshiva (as was said of the wicked among the kings of Judea),” the rabbis wrote.

Rabbi Yitzchak Shapira
“Therefore, according to Jewish law, it is forbidden for anyone to be involved in this deed, or to assist it, and any soldier or police personnel of any rank or position should avoid [such participation],” they decreed, citing a ruling by the 12th-century codifier of Jewish law, Maimonides, as the source for their decision.

Lior is one of the most highly respected rabbis of the hard-line, pro-settler movement rabbis, while Ginsburgh is president of the Od Yosef Hai yeshiva and Shapira is the dean of that yeshiva.

Shapira, along with another rabbi, wrote the hugely controversial 2009 book on Jewish law, Torat Hamelech, which ruled that it is permissible during a time of war to kill non-Jews even if they are not involved in hostilities.

Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Well, first off, if you haven't figured it out already, the supposedly right of center, JPost only likes certain "settlers" and "settlements," the ones with undying loyalty to the State of Israel.

The same goes for rabbis, calling some "hard-line," as if you could actually have too much Torah influence.

When I say loyalty to the State of Israel, I mean even in spite of the many times when such loyalty is in conflict with the Torah.

Of course, the undying State loyalist rabbis are the ones at fault, fostering loyalty to the State, over loyalty to Torah, claiming that violating State law = violating the Torah, one of the most ridiculous things I have ever heard. And, yes, I have heard this quite a bit. Silly, isn't it?

Even sadder is that the numbed out masses, with a serious case of learned helplessness blindly follow these rabbis, hanging on their every word, lapping up the politically-correct tripe they desperately want to hear.

This JPost report concludes with a demonization of Rabbi Shapira, essentially sending the message that loyalty to the Torah over the State is something bad.

Far be it from the Jerusalem Post to comment on Jewish Law. It simply throws liberal, Western standards into its readers faces. It does not even bother to bring some makeshift refutation of Rabbi Shapira's opinion, such as "Rabbi So-And-So says...."

Jews have increasingly been forced to face the conflicts between the Torah and Israeli Law. Yet, most are holdouts, and refuse to see, let alone accept, that there are many such conflicts, and that they will eventually have to choose one over the other.

Which do you choose?

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