While the title lends itself to some humor, the event is just one indicator just how sad the situation is following the municipal elections in Yerushalayim and the level of sinas chinam that is found in the frum community today.
Rav Yaakov Litzman on Shabbos came to a Slonim beis medresh in Meah Shearim for a simcha, but he was attacked in the shul by the many supporters of Meir Porush, who last week lost the mayoral race in the capital. Litzman’s hat was knocked off and he was targeted with pieces of kugel, punched and kicked, until fleeing the scene.
Last week, YWN reported the Knesset security officer ordered protection for Litzman in light of threats following the municipal elections.
Litzman, a MK with UTJ and a prominent figure in the Gerrer Chassidus, is credited/blamed in no small part for the campaign against Porush, which led to his defeat. The election has served to significantly widen the chasm between Gerre Chassidim and opposing factions, and this will undoubtedly lead to more friction as we approach the February 10th general elections.
Litzman did not require medical attention but did sustain soft tissue injuries.
The Slonim Rebbe on motzei Shabbos released a letter calling on all those involved in the incident against Litzman to refrain from attending any tischin until they ask mechila from Rav Litzman in person as a result of their unacceptable actions.
In the Gerrer community, reports indicate a letter has been circulated to ‘anash’ to refrain from any response whatsoever in the hope of lowering tensions and preventing an escalation in confrontations.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)