HaGaon HaRav Bentzion Mutzafi Shlita has issued an apology for insulting HaGaon HaRav Shlomo Aviner Shlita. Rabbi Mutzafi’s remarks led to secular members of Bayit Yehudi calling on state officials to file a criminal indictment against Rabbi Mutzafi for incitement.
Rabbi Mutzafi announced that he wishes to clarify that his comments were made in a closed shiur forum, and the words were uttered out of pain over what is happening to bnei Torah as well as on the Million Man Atzeres. He feels that the situation in which we find ourselves is most difficult and painful and this pain should be felt by all. The apology to Rabbi Aviner is heard over the Moreshet Radio network. The rav stated that if his words caused pain he regrets this and apologizes.
In addition to the effort to file criminal charges against Rabbi Mutzafi, the dati leumi community turned to the Israel Broadcasting Authority, demanding the state broadcasting agency cancel Rabbi Mutzafi’s weekly program.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)