There are more than a few rabbonim angered over the remarks made by MK (The Movement) Elazar Stern regarding Tzfas Chief Sephardi Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu Shlita. Stern referred to Rav Eliyahu as “Shmulik”.
Stern was giving an interview dealing with the Giyur Law since the bill was his initiative. This is the law that is opposed by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, many prominent dati leumi rabbonim and poskim and gedolei yisrael shlita.
When asked about the objections of Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu to the bill, Stern referred to him as “Shmulik a Gemara student”.
Rabbonim of the Derech Emunah Organization called on Stern to watch his speech and use the coming days for teshuvah and kapora. They added that one who mocks a talmid chacham has no share in Olam Haba.
MK (Bayit Yehudi) Yoni Chetboun responded telling the media “this is proof that we require sectarian parties to provide protection for the likes of Stern and those like him. His remarks represent the beginning of the end of the State of Israel having Jewish identity”.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)