In a letter publicized on erev Shabbos, 5 Teves, Maran Posek HaDor HaGaon HaRav Yosef Sholom Elyashiv Shlita calls upon the tzibur to boycott the weekly Mishpacha Magazine for its “distortion Daas Torah”, Chadrei Chareidim reports. The report points out that the letter is signed by the Posek HaDor himself, not one of the rabbonim who at times sign on the rav’s behalf. The letter earned a prominent place, on the first page of Yated Ne’eman and HaMevaser.
The report indicates the ban was spearheaded by the ongoing feud between Yated and Mishpacha, as the latter continues to gain ground.
Mishpacha has declined to respond to the letter, quoting “officials of Mishpacha stating ‘we have a policy of not responding in such cases and we do not believe the letter will result in damage to the newspaper’”.
Bichadrei adds that it has learned the letter was publicized in response to rumors that the Tuesday free weekly Mishpacha supplement received approval of two gedolei yisrael in Bnei Brak.
It should be noted that this is in regards to the Mishpacha in Israel. It is unknown what the relation to Mishpacha Magazine in the U.S.A. is.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)