HaRav Shmuel Auerbach Announces his Decision Regarding Elections


aueAfter much debate and endless discussion on the matter, HaGaon HaRav Shmuel Auerbach Shlita has rendered his final decision regarding elections for 20th Knesset. The rav announced from his Shaare Chessed home “There is no one to vote for”, putting an end to much speculation for followers of the gadol.

Following the Sunday night kenos in the Jerusalem Arena Stadium in which the rav did not make a definitive announcement, some members of the Yerushalmi branch thought they must boycott the elections while other were planning to vote for Shas and yet others for Yachad. The rav on Monday afternoon 25 Adar put an end to the speculation, announcing there is no one to vote for.

As such, many or most of the rav’s followers will either boycott elections or place a white slip in the ballot envelope.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)


  1. Acharei Rabim leHatos:- Clear cut Pesak from all bonifide Gedolim to vote and strengthen representation of the religious:- Hishtadlus to prevent further harsh Gezeiros.

  2. All a boycott does is allow the ones that would cause us the most harm a greater opportunity to win.

    I think this decision is just based on internal political fighting and hopefully, the people will have more seichel than that.

  3. The Rav knows exactly what he’s doing. He knows the ‘charedi’ cycle of poverty, shnorrering etc. is a huge chillul Hashem, and none of the ‘Frum’ parties will do anything about it – but he can hardly tell his ‘chassidim’ to vote Lapid, so instead this is the next best thing to bring real change to the broken system.

  4. I don’t understand, but my understanding that I don’t understand puts me in a better position than those that think they do understand and know better. Anyone posting on YWN is nobody to express an opinion. We follow the gedolim without deviating an inch or forming our own opinions. Anyone who thinks they know better belongs voting for Lapid, because you both hold Torah and the gedolim to be worthless.

  5. @al daas hamakom – I am sorry, but believe you are mistaken. Chacham Ovadia ztzvk”l used rove all the time in his p’sakim. It may be based on the Beis Yosef (see his introduction to his pirush on the Tur), or on some other source of k’lalei ha’psak, but he certainly employs the concept very often.

  6. Whatever one does he has a “godol” to rely on. Rav Stienman, Rav Mazuz, Rav Aurbach, may they all live long.It’s sad that this leads to confusion. I don’t understand Rav Aurbach and I’m glad I’m an American citizen and can’t vote in Isreal. I hope that the winning parties will be “good for the Jews”.

  7. Harav ahron Feldman of NIRC artfully put it thus:

    HaRav Shmuel Auerbach might be great

    However there is gadlus and manhigus and the zchus that comes with carrying the Klal on your shoulders and that
    HaRav Shmuel Auerbach lacks