U.S. Ambassador David Friedman visited two Gedolei Hador in Bnei Brak on Wednesday, HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky and HaGaon HaRav Gershon Edelstein. Friedman was accompanied by Yitzchak Pindrus, who recently dropped out of the mayoral race for the city of Elad.
A person in the room during the visit reported: “The ambassador spoke to Rav Kanievsky about his activities to help the people of Israel. Rav Chaim Kanievsky gave him a Bracha and told him to make a Kiddush Hashem.”
The visit lasted for several minutes during which the Gadol Hador asked Friedman about the state of U.S. Jewry and how Friedman was acting to help them as well.
Friedman then visited Hagaon Harav Gershon Edelstein. Bechadrei Chareidim reports the Ponovezh Rosh Yeshiva asked the ambassador about the recent decreees against Yeshiva chinuch in New York, and asked Friedman if he could get involved. The Rosh Yeshiva said: “הזכות הגדולה ביותר למדינה, זה שלומדים בה תורה, על זה העולם עומד”
Friedman then asked the Rosh Yeshiva for a Bracha that President Donald Trump should be successful in his campaign for re-election in 2020.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)
As a resident of New York State with decades of involvement and support for yeshivos (both in NY and EY), Friedman is free to express his opinions on state government policy issues in his capacity as a private citizen.