Headlining the annual ‘Kuf Alef Kislev’ celebration – marking the 69th anniversary of the Satmar Rebbe Yoel Teitelbaum’s rescue from the Nazis – the Satmar Rebbe (Reb. Ahron) told his followers that Limmud HaTorah is the only fortification for the ongoing battles in our lifetime.
The Rebbe warned his followers that carrying a smart phone is like carrying a loaded gun.
The Rebbe also decried the upcoming resolution, due for a vote in the next couple of weeks, that will impose sanctions on Yeshiva bochurim who dodge mandatory draft.
The Rebbe said, “The ongoing debate between the parties, whether the [IDF draft] bill should include economic sanctions or criminal sanctions, is only to the extent of the sanctions. For them it is a question of what sanctions are harsher and would have a greater effect on the Haredi community,”
“This is a decree of conversion! How can we idly sit by and remain silent?” the Rebbe roared.
The Rebbe pointed in dismay to the lack of unity at a time of crisis, a matter that could lead to jail time for those insisting to remain learning. He directly denounced the ongoing contentious rivalry between the two factions within the Lithuanian sector of the Haredi community in Israel.
“While the two factions are fighting between themselves, there’s an imminent threat on the world of Torah,” the Rebbe declared.
The Rebbe emphasized that in the mean time, there’s a fat chance that both factions will be apprehended and share one room in jail. If that happens, “they’ll be able to continue their infighting in jail,” the Rebbe quipped.
The gathering of thousands of Satmar Hasidim took place at the Armory building in Crown Heights.
(Jacob Kornbluh – YWN)