Rav Avraham Yosef Responds to Holyland Report

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As Galei Tzahal (Army Radio) spread the news, accusations of Holyland bribe funds making their way to Maran HaGaon HaRav Ovadia Yosef Shlita, one of his sons, Cholon Chief Rabbi HaGaon HaRav Avraham Yosef Shlita, a member of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel Rabbinical Council, responded in an interview with Kol Chareidi.

The rav explains that “perhaps one can understand the words of the person who released the baseless accusation, seeking to assist his client” but he went on to lash out at the media, explaining we have become “Sodom and Gomorra, where any statement released by any fool makes its way to the headlines”.

The rav went on to explain there is no filtering and no responsibility, as if “we have become a society that pulls along any trash that fools release publically. We are not compelled to respond to every foolish statement, and this accusation is not worthy of a response”.

(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)


6 COMMENTS

  1. The media is crazy! And one comment which someone can turn and twist or add look what can happen. – Maran Hagaon should live long and be well with much health and more sefarim – 120 years amen.

  2. I’m confused. He says “We are not compelled to respond to every foolish statement, and this accusation is not worthy of a response” yet he goes on public radio to say this. ISN’T THAT A RESPONSE? So must be that it is worthy of a response…oy vey.

  3. To wellinformedyid – He means to say he doesnt have to get all detailed with every single explaination. Of coarse he has to give out a simple response or people are going to get a different view on Maran R’ Ovadia. Think!

  4. WellInformedYid, YES! A big Oy Vey is due to whoever is Choshed B’Kesherim, Mekabel Loshon Horoh and fail to Dan chavero L’Kaf Zechus

  5. Sickofidiots:
    Good point. Take your own advice. I was asking a question based on what he said. I am giving him the benefit of the doubt but honestly after the year we have had with prominent Jews and senior Rabbis involved in all kinds of things I think that anything is possible.

  6. But who asked you if it’s possible? Must we have something to say? The accusations are appalling, can’t we just go about our own business and keep our mouths shut until the truth comes out. We have to understand how dangerous it is to even imply that the accusations might be true. Do you know what kind of gaon you’re talking about?? You should really be more careful than that. Keeping your mouth closed doesn’t hurt. Try it, you’ll see.