The recent bills passed into law by the coalition government pertaining to the future of Yiddishkheit in Israel have elicited some harsh reactions from chareidi lawmakers, most prominently the new draft bill.
In the framework of his divrei Torah to thousands of chareidim during the seudas shlishis tisch, the Belzer Rebbe Shlita addressed matters of religion and state. The rebbe explained how despite its relatively small size, Am Yisrael is the Chosen Nation in HKBH’s eyes, the people that HKBH selected to give his Torah HaKadosha.
“Even among the five million Jews in Israel” stated the rebbe, “there is a minority of 500,000 bnei Torah and shomrei mitzvos. They are the essence of Israel. HKBH selected Am yisrael because you are the smallest of all nations. So the observant minority of those learning Torah are HKBH’s army”.
“We don’t need the state or the government. We need batei medrashim and yeshivos to continue avodas Hashem and to educate the children in the derech of avodas Hashem and the responsibility of a life of Torah and kiyum mitzvos and anxiously awaiting the redemption by Moshiach”.
“Yehi Ratzon in the merit of Rav Elimelech of Lizhensk, whose yahrzeit is today, that Am Yisrael and lomdei Torah should be protected from all enemies that persecute Jews and the Torah. They should not succeed in their efforts to disrupt limud Torah and observance of Torah until Moshiach arrives and may we merit the arrival of Moshiach speedily in our days” the rebbe concluded.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)