2nd Meeting Between Rav Shmuel Auerbach And Rav Shalom Cohen – Is An Alignment Forming?

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aurA meeting took place on Sunday 29 Kislev between HaGaon HaRav Shmuel Auerbach Shlita and HaGaon HaRav Shalom Cohen Shlita, the second in as many weeks. There is no official word of what the two spoke about but there is much speculation that the Bnei Torah party may be moving in line to make a deal with Shas. Rav Cohen heads the Shas party Moetzas Gedolei Yisrael.

Kol Berama Radio host Ronen Katz explains that Shas would agree to instruct its talmidim not to report to IDF induction centers in return for Rav Auerbach’s support.

At present, Rav Auerbach does not agree with the ruling of Gedolei Hador in Bnei Brak for they feel that talmidim should report to induction centers for the first time they are summoned to provide personal information only. Rav Auerbach has always maintained that there should be no cooperation on any level and talmidim should never report to induction centers when instructed to do so.

If Shas adopts the stricter position of Rav Auerbach it will represent as significant shift to the right vis-à-vis the Sephardi party’s position on IDF service for its chareidi followers.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

5 COMMENTS

  1. If Shas were to form a joint list with an Ashkenazi party, it would make sense for all to have a single Hareidi list. The only “disagreement” is in how to refuse conscription, not whether to refuse to be conscripted (in sarcastic terms, between ignoring them, and walking up to them and saying loudly “I’m ignoring you”).

  2. And then what about all the SHAS voters who are soldiers? Another of Deri’s genius moves??!!?!!

    Alienate most of your voters & now have them vote for other parties due to your constant shift on policies, ideologies, & Halacha.

    Are u ready throw in Maran’s hashgafa, he davened for all soldiers & instructed his people to eat heter meichera? (0pposite of Bnei Torah party)

  3. People give up on their principles for power. If Shas agrees with that policy, fine. But if Shas really has a more moderate position, like Rav Stienman, why give it up? If you compromise on your principles then you don’t win. I think the most important thing here is that Rav Stienman and Rav Aurbach have to agree to disagree. Their followers shouldn’t make the differences a personal feud.

  4. R. Auerbach has been effectively cut out of the Litvish parties since he is so extreme. He can’t join the loonies in Meah Shariim where he belongs since they don’t vote.

    Let his join Deri, a derelict who deserves to be shunned and may the two of them fall in to nothingness.