For Rishon L’Tzion Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef Shlita the matter of rabbonim giving a heter for Jews to visit Har Habayis is not a trivial one, and he has spoken out against it once again. This time he does not target those who visit Har Habayis but the rabbonim who give a heter for doing so, in contradiction of Maran HaGaon HaRav Ovadia Yosef ZT”L, the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, Maran HaGaon HaRav Yosef Sholom Elyashiv ZT”L and many other Gedolei Yisrael Shlita today.
Rabbi Yosef was speaking at a ceremony to launch a new mikve in Ramat HaSharon. He lashed out against rabbonim who permit visiting Har Habayis. “Bearded religious people with kippot on their heads and call themselves rabbi enter Har Habayis and incur kores”.
Rabbi Yosef added “One of the rabbis even dared to argue. I told him ‘with all due respect how can you disagree with Rav Elyashiv, with Maran my father, the Steipler, Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach and the Gedolei Hador? We are talking about kores!”
The rav continued with his remarks, pointing out the special status of Am Yisrael because of the Torah. He related a story of years ago when a military parade was held in Haifa and a participant was holding a sign ‘Bnei Yisrael, like the other nations’. They meant we have an army and tanks, כוחי ועוצם ידי, and this was their slogan but we know and believe there have been miracles that have sustained yet we have lost so many and thousands were injured”.
Rav Yosef continued, addressing the question of reciting Hallel with or without a bracha, adding Chief Rabbi David Lau recites Hallel with a bracha while Maran HaGaon HaRav Ovadia Yosef ZT”L did not. He added for those reciting with a bracha it is a bracha levatalah.
Rav Yosef added that years ago there was much excitement over Yom Yerushalayim but today, either one does not recite Hallel or one generally recites it without a bracha. “There is no doubt that we must praise and thank HKBH for all the miracles that occurred during the Six Day War but not by reciting Hallel with a bracha”.
The mikve dedicated in Ramat HaSharon is in memory of Maran HaGaon HaRav Ovadia Yosef ZT”L.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)