Ahead of the visit of the Satmar Rebbe of Williamsburg to Eretz Yisroel, the Rebbe issued a statement to his Chassidim speaking about the reason behind his visit. The speech was given at the wedding of his grandson in Williamsburg.
“We are planning to travel soon to the holy city of Jerusalem and to the land of Eretz Yisroel. It is important to keep in mind that the purpose of our trip is to strengthen the faithful of Eretz Yisroel, who live with self-sacrifice, physically and financially, in order to live in accordance with the lifestyle that we have received from our Rebbe (the Divrei Yoel). That is to say, not to benefit in anyway from the Zionist entity nor of its money.”
The Rebbe continued and spoke about the use of smartphones. “There are some among us, whom for whatever reason are forced to utilize certain devices that have the stamp of “Meshumar” on them. When we travel to Eretz Yisroel, these are not to be taken along or used. That is because for the Jews we are going to strengthen this is considered a breaking down of barriers. Therefore, smartphones should not be brought and only the older version of phones, that are not smartphones can be used.”
The Rebbe concluded by saying: “In Israel, one has to be careful where they travel. We are not going to tour the country, rather we are going with the sole purpose of strengthening the holy community there, with their holy institutions, and with no other purpose whatsoever.”
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(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)