HaGaon HaRav Azriel Auerbach Clarifies He Follows Psak Of Hagaon HaRav Shmuel ZATZAL And Supports Hafganos


The Peleg Yerushalmi branch of chareidi litvish Jewry on Thursday resumed protests, for a first time since the petira of HaGaon HaRav Shmuel Auerbach ZT”L.

It is reported the protests have been ordered following the arrest of talmid Meir Brodiansky, who happens to be a grandson of Rav Yitzchak Yerucham Brodiansky, mashgiach of Yeshivas Kol Torah which Meir attends, as reported by YWN-ISRAEL.

The phone messages have gone out and the word is that the protesters will be blocking areas of Yerushalayim, near the Cord’s Bridge and the Jerusalem light rail.

It is also being reported that HaGaon Rav Azriel Auerbach expressed surprise and disapproval when hearing about the planned protests and disruption of traffic, as he feels this is not good for the bochrim and “not our way, to have them confront police”.

BiChadrei Chareidim on Thursday afternoon, 21 Adar, published the letter signed by Rav Azriel Auerbach, clarifying his position is that of following the psak of his later brother Rav Shmuel ZT”L.

The letter states that he follows the psak of his late older brother, and as such, bochrim should get out into the streets and protest the arrests of talmidim and avreichim. Rav Azriel however, does stipulate, those taking part in protests should refrain from “forbidden actions”, not detailing exactly what falls under this category. However, in the letter dated 21 Adar, Rav Azriel clearly states the psak being followed was issued by Rav Shmuel.


(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. Us Americans should not talk about this , either good or bad. Weare graced not to be part of either side physically or verbally. We hold of all the gedolim as Gedolim, and Rav Schach זצוקללעוה”ב held we should keep out of the whole machlokes of Eretz Yisroyel.

  2. why do tens of thousand of people suffer from those protesters closing down yerushulayim.
    Its time for the governmant to put a stop to closing streets and highways.

  3. Are we supposed to trust a typed letter over an actual voice recording??
    מפיהם ולא מפי כתבם (assuming this is his כתב which is highly doubtful)

  4. “וכל מה שאמרתי בשיחה היה הדבר הפשוט” וכו’ – but for some reason it isn’t פשוט at all for most of their contfrontational crowd…

  5. Wonder what his great shver or great father would say to this?

    It seems like Reb Shmuel zatzal was a Daas Yochid in causing such disruption and havoc for so many ppl in order to prove your point to the Government etc.

  6. Apparently there was an ambiguous statement from the Jr. R’ Auerbach stating that while he holds from a similar shita as his late brother on opposition to the draft, he opposes these disruptive demonstrations and that generally, yeshiva bochurim should not engage in prohibited activities which he never really defines. Sounds like he is trying to have it both ways and avoid making any explicit statements that could result in putting himself in jail for inciting violence and disruption.

  7. TannaKamma: The voice recording isn’t the Rov, it is someone else.

    Chuchom: He would support this. Rav Shlomo Zalman zt’l himself attended protests in Yerushlayim against the government.

  8. unfortunatley in the world of today sheker
    i will only beleive what the person said if i hear it directly period
    the amount of gangsters dressed in all the shmoina begodim
    is mind boggling

  9. @TheWizard
    It most definitely is the Rav himself speaking , he doesn’t deny it’s authenticity , just (purportedly) claims his words were ‘misinterpreted’, but if you hear the audio he says clearly that from the beginning he disagreed with his brother regarding the hafganos issue…

    It is clear that someone else typed the letter and there was some persuasion to get him to sign it (assuming it’s not fake).

  10. > TheWizard

    “Rav Shlomo Zalman zt’l himself attended protests in Yerushlayim against the government.”

    There is no argument over the right to protest. But do you care to show us where he blocked roads?

  11. Mr Wizard,

    Because Reb Shlomo Zalman protested that means he agreed? Have you ever been in Jerusalem when those “protests” are taking place? Do you know what total gridlock means? People miss work or doctors appointments or flights etc. tens of thousands of ppl are negatively affected and R’ SZ would agree?

  12. Rav Ezriel is considered by everyone to be a “chad bedor” in his Gadlus Batorah and tzidkus every vaad rabbonim that was established by Rav Elyashiv and Rav Shteinman was headed by him

  13. Not sure what the point of this (as with many) YWN “news” item is, but, since this is considered newsworthy, I’d like to go on record as stating “I follow the psak of my Rav”.

  14. One can be a big talmid chacham and posek but still be 110% wrong on a matter dealing with national military service and security and the means of engaging in protest. In this case, just about every other rav disagrees with the policy of R’ Auerbach and he was the ultimate daas yachid in hid views. If Rav Ezriel follows that shitah, he is continuing in the role of daas yachid and his views should be rejected.