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HaRav Edelstein Instructs: Schedule Elections For Bein HaZemanim

The Chareidi parties are insisting that the next elections will be held on October 25, in accordance with the instructions of HaGaon HaRav Gershon Edelstein.

“After a consultation that UTJ chairman Moshe Gafni held with the Rosh Yeshivah, HaGaon HaRav Gershon Edelstein, during which the considerations on the election date were presented to him, Gafni informed opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu that we’re making every effort to prevent these unnecessary elections – and if we do not succeed, then the agreed date [for elections] is Tuesday, October 25, 2022,” a UTJ statement said.

October 25th is the 30th of Tishrei, the last day of Bein Hazemanim. If elections were held after that date it would disturb limmud Torah and also could lead to decreased voter turnout in the Chareidi sector.

The Religious Zionist party wants the elections on October 25 for the same reasons.

The coalition, on the other hand, prefers that the elections be held on November 1 (7th of Cheshvan) to allow Yair Lapid a bit more time in his position as prime minister.

The two sides agreed to hold a vote on the issue. According to reports on Tuesday, the opposition is threatening not to vote for two bills that the coalition wants to advance unless they agree to hold the elections on October 25.

Coalition members are fuming at the opposition, claiming that they’re playing petty politics over important bills.

The two laws are the Metro Bill, which legislates the allocation of funds for the much-needed project of expanding the Tel Aviv light rail into a subway system, and a bill necessary to come into compliance with US conditions for Israel’s inclusion in its visa waiver program.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)

8 Responses

  1. What leverage do they have to try to force it?
    The coalition has every interest to postpone the election, and they seem to have the votes to enforce it.

  2. I think their electoral system should be reformed. They’re becoming a laughing stock. They’re bereft of wisdom and good counsel.

  3. In my humble opinion, i think that even america considers to a certain degree religious holidays and shabbos to abstain from making them election days. if my logic is correct shouldnt the “jewish state” that a big part of the israeli population and in the coalition in particular are religious, take into account “bein hazmanim”?

  4. Bein Hazman is not a religious holiday. The Chagim are already over. The US has early voting on Saturday, Sunday, and Yom Tov.

    You don’t learn any Torah during Bein Hazman? If it disturbs your limmud Torah then stay home and pray for HKBH to miracle the outcome you want. Election Day disturbs work, school, production, distribution, every facet of life and the economy. Join us for an hour in the democracy that allows you the safety and comfort to learn Torah every day of the year.

  5. Dear OrechDin, i can see your’e a good to’ain. but you must realize that in israel once election starts (even early elections) the “zman” is “over” because it takes over the nation! and on your second point, i agree you always have to learn but not always on the same level including time wise, so bein hazmanim there’s “extra time for this “CHOV KADOSH”. I hope i was clear. Ah gut chodesh!!! Sorry i was brief i just got to get back to my learning😃.

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