The Hiddush organization has requested the Central Election Committee disqualify a kol korei from Gedolei Yisrael Shlita to chareidim to vote in the election campaign.
Hiddush turned to Justice Elyakim Rubinstein who chairs the committee, asking him to disqualify the Yahadut Hatorah election advert. The kol korei is signed by a number of Gedolei Torah including HaGaon HaRav Aaron Leib Shteinman Shlita, Belzer Rebbe Shlita, Gerrer Rebbe Shlita, HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita, and the Vishnitzer Rebbe Shlita.
Hiddush maintains the use of the kol korei is tantamount to using brachos from rabbonim, which is prohibited. Hiddush points out the kol korei ends with a bracha from the rabbonim.
Hiddush President and CEO attorney Uri Regev explains that if rabbis are giving a bracha for parnasa and arichas yomim is a violation of the election law. In the Hiddush request, Regev wants the kol korei banned from the electronic media too, i.e. chareidi websites.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)