There are those in Yerushalayim who are not satisfied with Meir Porush’s election defeat, but feel the need to add salt to the wound.
“Ashrecha Rav Meir” and “His Honor Does not Give Mechila” read posters around the Jewish capital following the election, including a photo of Maran Rav Y.S. Elyashiv Shlita. Posters are being distributed under the names “The Anti Porush Campaign” and “The Kovod HaTorah Campaign”.
There are those who defend the tenacious campaign against the only chareidi candidate, proudly expounding they are compelled to act to defend the honor of Gedolei Hador Shlita, but they do not really have much to say regarding the honor of and dignity of Yerushalayim, the capital of the Jewish People which was left abandoned in the name of all that is right.
Supporters of Porush are still licking the wounds of defeat, explaining this is a pristine example of ‘winning the battle and losing the war’, not to mention the chilul Hashem resulting in the defeat and the media frenzy surrounding the chareidi defeat in the Holy City.
It will take time to really begin to appreciate the magnitude of the defeat, knowing with absolute certainty that the mayor-elect is known to be a most capable individual, but nevertheless, not a member of the ‘heimishe community’.
Perhaps the great toll resulting from the election is sudden and exponential spread of sinas chinum that further highlights the split in the various factions, Litvish/Chassidish, and of course the various chassidim and their Admorim Shlita.
For Yerushalayim’s chareidi community there are lessons to be learned, but this would first require cheshbon nefesh, not finger pointing, so in essence, the anti and pro-Porush camps will continue hiding behind kovod ha’torah, thereby justifying their actions.
It would appear the only event that actually unites us is the terror attacks perpetrated by our true enemies. When the Number 2 bus exploded on its way from the Kosel, Zaka volunteers did not search the pockets of victims to determine their party affiliation. The orphans are will to accept assistance from any political party and the disabled are struggling to rebuild their lives, no longer among the privileged, compelled to struggle and unable to push reality aside to engage in ‘kovod ha’torah’, pushing aside the good of Am Yisrael under the guise of ‘kovod ha’torah’.
In less than three months, the nation will embark on general elections, for a new prime minister and Knesset. Undoubtedly, the fiasco of this week will have a direct impact, but more importantly, the chareidi community will have a chance to return to the scene of the last failure and implement a ‘tikun’. The coming weeks will be crucial ones as the factions of Agudas Yisrael will be compelled to begin weighing general election realities, and this will be the best indicator of what is in store for today’s chareidi community in Eretz Yisrael.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)