November 09, 2006


Many people are saying the parade is "called off." It's not. They are still gathering in Yerushalayim and in my humble opinion the protest must be brought there.

Is their gathering in a stadium any less disturbing or wrong?

I was very saddened by this statement (A7 report):

"Afterwards, at approximately 4 PM, it was learned that the leaders of the largest groups of protestors - hareidi-religious sage Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv and Eida Hareidit head Rabbi Yitzchak Tuvia Weiss - had agreed not to protest against the planned stadium rally tomorrow. However, their conditions include: the release of all the hareidi protestors arrested this week, no parade next year, and no signs of the rally outside the stadium. It is likely that only the first condition will be fulfilled."

What? How is that okay? With all due respect to the Rabbaim, toeiva is toeiva. Torah Jews must stand up for Kiddushas Eretz Yisrael and Hashem's word.

Last time I checked, Givat Ram was still in Jerusalem.

וְגַנּוֹתִי אֶל הָעִיר הַזֹּאת לְהוֹשִׁיעָהּ"
For I will defend this city to save it"


yaak said...

No one is saying that it's Okay - just that it doesn't need to be protested as strongly. A parade is a public display that's Befarhesya. Such a thing cannot be tolerated. What they do behind closed doors is still an abomination, but at least no one on the outside can see it.
I believe that the rabbis are correct. In this case, we can cry in our hearts and in our Tefilot, but not with our picket signs.

As R' Yohanan Ben Zaccai said, "Tafasta Limruba lo Tafasta".

josh said...

For some reason, Hebrew U is already widely consideredby Haredim as being sacreligious, so toeva on toeva actually suited them fine.