It was an unpleasant experience for Deputy Minister of Religious Services (Bayit Yehudi) Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan, who was verbally assaulted as he was making his way to the Yosef family shiva tent in Har Nof on Wednesday morning, 5 Cheshvan.
“You are wearing a phony yarmulke! Take it off!” was among the shouts leveled at the dati leumi party official. They also shouted at him for his party’s partnership in the coalition with the Yesh Atid party headed by Yair Lapid. “Lapid I understand but you, you guys with your knitted kipot! Lapid hates Torah! How can you partner with him?”
Ben-Dahan explained, citing the family treated him with the utmost respect. “There was an apology as well for there was a similar incident during the levaya.”
Ben-Dahan said there were a small number of people who shouted at him and it is not representative of the majority of people there. He added he told the sons that maintaining the dialogue and relationship with them is very important despite differences in hashkafa.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)