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Crossing the street on red, when there are no cars for miles in sight, is also illegal.
Women are not poorly treated in any Orthodox community (as a whole). That is an anti-semitic canard. Indeed, the opposite is true.
The goyim is not the reason. And Kimchi was lavished great praise due to her behavior.
He does no such thing. The Rosh Yeshiva says the Emes. Purely.
Many things from our Mesorah can’t be pinpointed to its exact origin.
rebdoniel: So Sephardim are exempt, not having ever been makabel the cherem?
The nissim our current gedolim can bring is truly wonderous and inexplicable by nature.
How will someone get engaged if he breaks the freezer rule and finds his bashert?
Gov. Elliot Spitzer makes frequent spelling errors in his quick-paced e-mails. And he is a lawyer and former Governor of New York. And you are concerned about this on a read-and-reply online forum?
Do you think the non-frum would understand and accept pidyon haben or taharas hamishpacha if you tried explaining it to them? And this is different?
I’d strongly venture to say that the Rosh Yeshiva has a much keener understanding of the situation than anyone here.
yichusdik: I believe you are incorrect on both points. The Israeli Supreme Court often overrides the Democratic will of the government, as expressed by the Israeli electorate in the form of the laws passed by the democratically-elected Kenneset. No one is asking the courts to toe the wishes of Shas/UTJ. All we are asking is that they recognize and accept the laws passed by the Kenesset. They frequently do not. The most recent (of very many) example is the Tal Law. The Tal Law was passed into law by a majority of the democratically elected Kenneset. Yet the unelected Supreme Court overturned the law. All on the pretext of a non-existant constitution. They do that all the time. The non-existant constitution is whatever liberal imagination they dream up to overturn fairly passed laws.
Regarding your second point, you are even more incorrect. The most prominent and accepted Sefardic Gedolim, including HaGaon Chacham Ovadia Yosef shlita, clearly and unambiguously supported the position of the Beis Yaakov in Emmanuel and the innocent parents (a number of whom were Sefardim) who were jailed by the corrupt and religious-hating Supreme Court.