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Vishnitzer Rebbe Advises Against Hiring Arabs

hagThe Vishnitzer Rebbe Shlita has recommended to his chassidim to stop employing Arabs for the time being but emphasized his words are just advice, his conclusion based on contemplating today’s situation. He added his words are not to not compel chassidim as he is just advising. The rebbe made his announcement while in Modi’in Illit.

Those present state the rebbe’s tone was pained over the horrific events of this week, particularly the barbaric massacre in Kehillas Bnei Torah in Har Nof, Yerushalayim. “Our hearts ache and are pained over those taken Al Kiddush Hashem in the holy city of Yerushalayim by vile murderers from the Islamic race” stated the Rebbe.

The rebbe spoke about how one of the murderers was employed in a nearby grocery store and “one should be wary of employing a member of the Yishmael community during the current climate” the rebbe added. The rebbe called on chassidim to do a cheshbon nefesh, to be mechazeik their limud and absolutely not to enter into any ‘sichos chullin’ in the beis medrash.

Earlier in the week, the Karlin-Stolin Rebbe Shlita ordered the Arabs thrown out of the chassidus’ mosdos, explaining that their presence today represents sakonos nefoshos and this is not permitted.

In 2008, YWN published an article following the Merkaz HaRav massacre, where Hagon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky said people should stop hiring Arab workers.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

7 Responses

  1. So “his words are just advice”. From this we learn that a cell phone that can send a text message is more dangerous than an arab, as phones that can text are completely ossur. Something is wrong here.

  2. and in any event, a large percentage of Israeli Arabs are very non-threatening (for example, the policeman who was killed fighting the terrorists in Har Nof). Arabs who are other than Muslim are not a threat (though one might ask why a frum group is hiring Arabs when there are unemployed Jews in the immediate vicinity).

  3. RE 1.
    Cell phones are seen as a threat to one’s Olam Haba, while
    Arabs are seen as a threat to one’s Olam Hazeh.
    Which one do we value more highly?
    Also, a cell phone is what it is, but Arabs are not all the same.

    RE 2. (akuperma)
    According to a commenter, “My grocer man said; it costs
    him a lot more and he gains a lot less from his workers”
    (That grocer has not used Arab workers for years already.)

    ( )

  4. #2. The policeman killed was Druze and they are loyal citizens and service in the IDF. Xtion Arabs are generally ok, but most Arabs hired by those Frum organizations and businesses are Muslim since they are cheaper labor. Everyone thinks that “their” Arab is good, but there have been cases of an Arab working for a Jew for many years and one day attacks him.

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