In stark contrast, as Ashkenazi chareidim were protesting at Kikar Shabbos on motzei Shabbos wearing yellow stars, Maran HaGaon HaRav Ovadia Yosef Shlita in his weekly shiur spoke of “our love for the non-frum”, adding “When Eliyahu HaNavi comes, he will bring them back into the fold of adherence to Torah and mitzvos”.
As the tensions between the chareidi and secular camp reach new heights, the rav opted to use the forum to send a message of calm, an outstretched hand seeking to end the conflict. The rav quoted the Chafetz Chaim and how he stressed the need to bring those out of the fold back to an observant lifestyle.
“We must bring back the sinners and the secular people. Even the journalists have a holy spark. We must work to bring people back, towards unity”.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)