Prominent Hesder Rosh Yeshiva HaRav Michal Braum Shlita, who heads the Shilo Hesder Yeshiva has come out against Bayit HaYehudi leader Naftali Bennett for aligning himself with Yair Lapid.
In his sharply worded letter, Rav Braum explains “Rabbanei Yisrael are crying and davening over the gezeira and you are among the leaders of the idea”.
The letter was released on Kol Chai Radio, adding, “In the name Bayit Yehudi you took the flag of Yesh Atid and decided to raise it high, particularly regarding the sharing the burden issue. To me it was clear that our party, Bayit Yehudi, was supposed to raise the flag of lomdei Torah higher and higher with the understanding that this is Am Yisrael’s true strength. In actuality, instead of raising the flag you have opted to raise the flag of seeking to draft those who study Torah.”
Rav Braum reminds Bennett that a decade ago, Effie Eitam, who headed the National Religious Party, signed a deal with the Shinui party headed by Tommy Lapid, Yair’s late father; a deal that was against the chareidim. “The result of that move was the closure of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and the expulsion from Gush Katif. It is important to emphasize our relationship with the chareidi community is a natural one, for we all realize the tachlis of our lives, limud Torah and the fulfillment of its mitzvos. It is extremely important to emphasize that this connection, and not to align with parties that do not see Torah as the tachlis of our lives.”
In its response, Bayit Yehudi released the following message: There is no doubt that during the coalition negotiations information emerges regarding this and other alliances, including hourly reports. They should not all be taken seriously. The Bayit Yehudi in its coalition talks will cling to Bennett’s words in his first Knesset address, reaffirming his commitment to the Torah world, which he views not exclusively a the chareidi interest, but in the interest of us all, for Klall Yisrael without compromise.”
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)