Slonimer Rebbe Meets Chacham Ovadia Following Release Of Emanuel Prisoners


After being released from Massiyahu Prison four days ahead of schedule, the Emanuel fathers were driven to the Har Nof home of Maran HaGaon HaRav Ovadia Yosef Shlita, who met with them.

The day started with a visit to the Slonimer Rebbe’s home by Deputy Prime Minister Eli Yishai, who was accompanied by Deputy Minister Meir Porush and others. At that time, Yishai extended a personal invitation to the Rebbe to come to Rav Ovadia, which the Rebbe accepted. The Rebbe met with R’ Ovadia and left shortly after the Emanuel fathers arrived. Also present and involved in the process was R’ Yossi Deutsch.

The meeting between R’ Ovadia and the Rebbe was friendly and truly a rare event, seeing the gedolim shaking one-another’s hand as they work to put differences behind towards achieving achdus.

The agreement compels all sides to sit in a classroom together until the end of the school year, Wednesday, and the immediate removal of the physical partition built by the Ashkenazim in return for the Sephardim dropping all court proceedings.

The short discussion and hand shaking was following by song and dance, literally.

The Slonimer Rebbe Shlita is expected to visit Maran HaGaon HaRav Yosef Sholom Elyashiv on Sunday evening to personally thank the Gadol HaDor for his support throughout the difficult ordeal.

(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)


  1. This seems like a total capitulation & what for a few photo ops w/ the Gedolim????!!!! Was this fight just an opportunity to grandiose ones self????

  2. There never was any differences between the Slonimer Rebbe and Rav Ovadia. Rav Ovadia was opposed to Lalum and his gang all along.

  3. Too bad that it had to take three years of machlokes and the intervention of the secular courts in order for this meeting and this compromise to occur. Read the interview with Rav Yaakov Yosef, posted here on YWN.

    Wouldn’t it have been so much better if rather than react to a crisis, there would have been actual leadership that would have achieved a resolution before it ever got to the point of people having to go to jail and others having to march in the streets?

  4. #3 R’Shlomo, you’re right. However, let’s look at the positive! A tremendous level of Achdus was achieved and taking a stand for chinoch freedom and emunas chachomim was also strengthened. Let’s be mispallel that these steps of achdus demonstrated in E”Y and by the Rubashkin tradgedy will be the catalyst to even greater chizuck in ahavas yisroel to bring the much needed Moshiach soon in our day!

  5. #1 Please don’t believe everything you read straight away,as if you have heard the full story.

    #3 #4 I hope you are not implying criticism of klal Yisroel’s leaders. It is very hard to understand how things work in a country unless you are living there and understand all the dynamics of how a country runs.There is a lot of ignorance in commnets on YWN about how things really work in EY – Everyone thinks they understand how to lead klal yisroel etc etc, a little modesty and a lot of respect would be appropriate.

  6. … G-d bless Chairman Eli Yishai for initiating this beautiful peace … and G-d bless Rabbi Ovadia Yosef and the Slonimer Rebbe for their beautiful humility and courage, and may their efforts to create peace and harmony among all Jews, regardless of ‘galut nationality’, be blessed….

  7. The Slonimer Rebbe spoke tonight and addressed all your questions and it was aired in all local media. The two things he said that we need to be Moisser Neffesh on and will not budge even if he is put in front of a firing squad
    1- The rebbe said the school will not and cannot reunite.
    The Rebbe proposed all along, that if all Schools in Imannual will come together for a three day seminar his school will join. Last night at 1:30 am Mr. Lalum was still not accepting this (untill Rav Ovadia got involved and left him no choice)
    2- The judge up until this morning (see his letter that he wrote on Fri.) Insisted that the only way the parents will get out of jail, is if they sign that they accept the court order although it is inconsistent with Daas Torah
    The parents said they will not sign and were released scot free

    Ashreinu ma tov chelkeinu that our gedolim will not bend ther hashkofos for the BAGATZ

  8. Rabbi Lalum Shlita is a brave man who is fighting for his daughter’s right not to be discriminated against . My brother’s (who is charedi)children were rejected from yeshiva after yeshiva in Israel because he was told “we do not accept sefaradim. Stop closing your eyes to this chilul hashem brought on my so called gedolim, how are they gedolim because they inherited a title?