The bond has been formed and Shas is openly supporting the only chareidi candidate in the Jerusalem mayoral race, Rabbi Meir Porush. On motzei Shabbos, Rav Ovadia Yosef Shlita invited Porush to join him in his weekly shiur, which is broadcast around the world.
On erev Shabbos, Porush visited Chacham Ovadia in his Har Nof home, where he received his bracha for the mayoral bid. Motzei Shabbos was a public appearance which brings him a step closer to Jerusalem City Hall.
Following the shiur, the Rav called on his followers to vote for the Shas ticket for Jerusalem City Council and Rav Porush for mayor. He gave Porush a bracha for “arichas yomim” and “success”. Rav Ovadia added, “It is not enough to vote, but each one of us must influence others to do the same to ensure his success.”
“While he is Ashkenazi, he also helps the Sephardim,” stated the Rav.
Chacham Ovadia Shlita continued his election instructions to Shas followers, explaining that “in the Heavenly Court we are judged and we must act appropriately,” going on to explain that “by casting a ballot for Porush on 13 Cheshvan, we may earn a higher place in the World to Come since Porush will build mikvaos and continue his good deeds, and we are compelled to ensure his success…. A mikve costs $250,000 and we must take part in building. How can I do this? I barely meet my monthly expenses with my salary,” stated the Rav rhetorically. “By voting for Porush, that’s how! With placing a simple white piece of paper in a ballot box, one buys one’s Olam Haba”.
The Rav concluded his words by stressing the need for everyone to influence family members and friends to vote Porush for the sake of Yerushalayim’s future.
Porush kissed the Rav’s hand and left the event, pleased that at least among Sephardim he enjoys support. The Ashkenazi camp still appears less enthusiastic regarding his mayoral bid.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)