Shlomo Weissfish explains it will be a difficult Chanukah for him and the family as his tatte is jailed in Israel for protesting outside the home of Kiryat Gat Chief Rabbi HaGaon HaRav Moshe Havlin Shlita.
Weissfish has been ordered held without bail for his actions in the protests. Askanim from the Eida are working to arrange his release to house arrest with an electronic ankle bracelet but so far, efforts have been unsuccessful as Weissfish refuses to wear the electronic device on Shabbos for fear of chilul Shabbos. Officials explain is he would wear the electronic bracelet he can be released to house arrest by the Ashkelon court.
Weissfish and others arrested were taking part in illegal protests outside Rav Havlin’s home in protest over Chabad rabbonim signing an agreement with the IDF by which talmidim will serve after reaching their early 20s. Rav Havlin, the chief rabbi of his city, is also a prominent Chabad rov, one of the rabbonim who signed the agreement with the IDF.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)