Israelis Buy Kippos, Don Tefillin: Teshuvah “Backlash” Against Yom Kippur Protest

Guy Baruch, who began wearing a kippah to "protest" against the leftists who dispersed Jews from a Yom Kippur tefillah in Tel Aviv, speaks on Channel 14. (Screenshot)

The leftist protesters who prevented Yom Kippur tefillos from taking place on erev Yom Kippur and Motzei Yom Kippur at Dizengoff Square in Tel Aviv, tearing down a makeshift mechitzah and engaging in clashes with the mispallelim, caused a religious “backlash” among Israelis who were horrified by the protesters’ display of hatred toward religion.

Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of Israelis, have warm feelings for Yiddishkeit even if they don’t live a fully religious lifestyle. In the days after Yom Kippur, many of these Israeli were mekabel mitzvos on themselves as a “protest” against the leftists.

Yaniv Turgeman, 43, wrote on Twitter: “I’m a secular Israeli from Givatayim. Thanks to the expulsion of Jews from the tefillah on Erev Yom Kippur at Dizengoff Square, I decided to take it upon myself to buy tefillin and put them on every day.”

“In the wake of the incident, it’s important to me that my two children, who live in a secular city, will see their father putting on tefillin with a tallis every morning and will learn what Yahadus is.”

Another secular Israeli, Guy Baruch, wrote: “It’s amazing what one Yom Kippur could do for a kibbutznik – I’m putting on a kippah starting today. Antiochus didn’t succeed, the Romans didn’t succeed, the Muslims didn’t succeed – you’ll also fail. Don’t touch my Yahudus – that’s a red line.”

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. What’s clear here is that extremes on both sides is what drive people away from what the extremists want to accomplish.

    All these good vibes will only last until the next time these same folks see chareidim doing their versions of antagonistic behaviours. And we’ve got plenty of those ourselves.

    Bottom line, most secular people aren’t anti-GD, they too are yearning and you get allot further by showing people the beauty of Yiddishkeit rather than through demonstrating and coercing.

  2. Rabbi d there are times for both. Aharon was a rodef shalom, it does not say that about Moshe because sometimes he had to rebuke and sometimes you have to protest.

    It says Job did not protest and kept quiet, when they planned to hate the Jews and for that alone he was punished.

  3. Sometime, not long ago, this website posted outrageous video of chareidi extremists vandalizing and looting a Yerushalyim women event
    Extremism on either side should not be tolerated.
    Right wing and left wing need to come together and bring moshiah
    Until moshiah comes we wont know who is right !

  4. It’s nice that some people will be inspired to grow
    in their observance, but a little sad that they’re not
    approaching it from a positive place.
    (Also kind of ironic to “spite” the protesters.)

  5. Goldpen, right (as in correct) is Torah, there’s no negotiation or waiting to find out about that. Extremism on both sides, definitely, but those “chareidi extremists” you refer to are a minute minority of misguided people. Look how much Torah and chesed and concern for the wellbeing of Yidden of all stripes there is today in the frum communities.

  6. their breath is limited as well as their seichal……waste of breath…..thanks for the outpouring of luv, all of us are truly stepping up to the plate….

  7. Sorry to be a bit skeptical, but really? You’re telling me that to protest the behavior of some rioters, a completely secular Israeli is going go out, spend, say $1000 for a pair of refilling, and start putting it on every day? I’d love to believe it, but I don’t know…

  8. Don’t mind me: I believe most Israeli’s except for the extreme lefty seculars get a pair of tefillin for their bar mitzvah even if they don’t wear it regularly, so they already have one. I don’t think they’re running now to sofrim you and I might use to buy tefilin. By the way a good pair of tefillin today can run closer to 2000.

  9. I believe that quite a lot of Chilonim want to practivcve religion but are embarrassed of friiends, family and others that know them. ‘Hey! What the sudden change?’. It’s very bold to make such a move.
    Now that it’s an accepted move to make, they are not held back from doing what they have been wanting to do for a while. It’s not only acceptable, it’s even politically correct.
    Anyway, מתוך שלא לשמה בא לשמה.