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Tekuma Rabbonim Express Their Support for Eli Yishai


In the case of the dati leumi Tekuma Party, the word of the rabbonim is just their opinion and it appears it does not compel the actions of the politicians. While HaGaon HaRav Dov Lior Shlita and HaGaon HaRav Elyakim Levanon Shlita instructed Uri Ariel to break from Bayit Yehudi and align with Eli Yishai, Ariel brought the matter to the party’s central committee. The leadership body of Tekuma voted to remain in Bayit Yehudi in defiance of the party’s rabbonim. In actuality, this is not a new phenomenon in the dati leumi camp for even in the old National Religious Party, prominent rabbonim including HaGaon HaRav Mordechai Eliyahu ZT”L and HaGaon HaRav Avrohom Kahana Shapira ZT”L were often consulted but not always did the party follow their instructions for unlike with the chareidi parties, the politicians have the final say, not the rabbonim.

After the vote of the Tekuma Central Committee, Rabbi Lior and Rabbi Levanon met with HaGaon HaRav Meir Mazuz Shlita and the rabbonim expressed their support for Eli Yishai and his Ha’Am Itanu party. Persons close to Yishai report that in the coming days other prominent rabbonim will be meeting with Rav Mazuz to express their support as well.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

4 Responses

  1. By the Dati Leumi a rabbi is just another profession they have no concept of einei ha’eidah so just like you can dismiss your lawyers advice you chuck the rabbis advice just as well.

  2. Please stop being so MISLEADING in your articles. While I am saddened by the decision made by tekuma to stay with Batit Yehudi, and not join Yishai, the events as you reported them were untrue. What happened was there was a vote of the board and it was split down the middle with ariel voting for the split. Then they asked the rabbonim to decide… There are four rabbonim on their official advisory commitee and 3/4( Rav Isser Klonsky, Rav Chaim Steiner, and Rav Gidon Perl) were for unity. The problem was the other was Rav Lior shlita and he was vehemently against unity with bayit yehudi. So in order to make the final decision the central committee voted on it. The members of the committee consisting of over 100 reps. voted in support of the 3 rabbis, and not Rav Lior. While I wanted them to decide to split, they didn’t butTHEY DID LISTEN TO THEIR RABBONIM! Not only were those 3 rabbonim in support of unity, but Rav Melamed shlita, and rav drukman were also in support. STOP WITH THE HATE TOWARDS TEH D”L COMMUNITY!

  3. I hope that it is an oversight on the part of yeshivaworld and not malicious c”v but this article, the way it was written, is not completely accurate. According to the way it was reported here in Israel,the Tekuma MKs asked a few of their rabbonim what they should do. Some said they should stay with Bayit Hayehudi and some said they should break away. Not having a clear rabbinic ruling they brought it to a vote. I think this article should be taken down – it’s either lashon hara or motzi shem ra, as far as I can tell.

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