The publisher of the Chadoshoti Newspaper, Yaakov Kind, has filed a NIS 250,000 lawsuit against the Haifa Nadvorna Rebbe Shlita (Rav Dovid Laufer), as well as against a community rav, Rabbi Yaakov Avargil, haredim reports.
The suit claims the rebbe and rav circulated a kol korei which categorized the newspaper as unsuitable for chareidim. Kind explains this resulted in substantial loss of revenue. The rabbonim spoke out against the newspaper’s content as well as its ads. The condemnatory warning was signed by a number of rabbonim including Rav Meir Richnitzer (Belz), Rav Yisrael Rust (Gur), Rav Dovid Zoldon (Seret-Vishnitz), Rav Yosef Yechiel Bamberger (Litvish community), Rav Avargil and the Rebbe. HaRav Situta of the Eida Chareidis did not oppose the newspaper, but changed his view and expressed the new opinion in writing after the other rabbonim published their kol korei.
The report states that the newspaper at one time carried ads from Sheva Shuk, and in another instance, displayed blurred photos of females. Kind was warned it adds, but he did not heed the warnings.
In his lawsuit filed with the Haifa Rabbinical Court, Kind questions just why the rabbonim signed the kol korei without ever speaking to him and without thoroughly investigating the situation. Kind claims damages to his operation amount to NIS 500,000, seeking to recover his loses from the Rebbe Shlita and Rav Avargil.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)