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In an interview with Channel Two TV’s Oded Ami, Rabbi Aryeh Deri called for using force if need be against chareidim who take the law into their own hands.
Ami opened the interview acknowledging that the increasing trend of chareidi violence is a source of “discomfort for all”, including chareidim who are by-and-large law-abiding citizens, asking Deri to comment on the alarming situation.
Deri opened by saying “discomfort is not an adequate word, at least not for me, and permit me to explain, to use words that they will understand”. He went on to explain that we know that Yom Kippur and repentance can erase transgressions between man and Hashem, but the same formula does not work regarding transgressions between man and his fellow man. The damage caused to property and the injuries to people are a “chilul Hashem”, Deri exclaimed, and for these actions, Yom Kippur will not atone. “They should not say I am inciting, but Halacha teaches us that only death will atone for such actions, simple as that”.
“I am not giving a p’sak Halacha, but I can state my opinion, and it appears to me these people are to be categorized as a ‘rodef’ for their actions, which are simply a major chilul Hashem” Deri adds. “Look what they are doing to the name and image of chareidi Jews around the world. Just look, Hillary Clinton has already compared us to Iran!”
Are these individuals uncontrollable?
Let me explain Oded. First of all, this has nothing to do with discrimination against women. That little girl who was attacked, Na’ama, who received the empathy of the entire nation, which by the way she deserves, simply wishes to get to school, a girl school, a separate school. Her mother goes to shul and sits in a women’s section. While I do not know the father, one may assume he too is a frum person and goes to shul and sits in the men’s shul. Thousands of Anglo Saxons, chareidim among them, make a minyan on the train and women on their own accord do not enter the car to permit them to daven. This is not about Halacha, but it is those extremists who simply wish to dictate how we are to live our lives, this small but extremist faction of individuals.
They understand one language only, force. They are not controllable and no one can rein them in.
There is no rav who can control them?
I know one rabbi and one rabbi only, Rav Nitzav (Police Chief) Danino. I do not say this jokingly, but with all seriousness. This is the reality. How can they smash a vehicle because of flag they saw inside? Who gives them the right to act this way, to burn buses and carts? The police must act. The residents of Meah Shearim are suffering – we are all suffering.
We are now celebrating the holiday in which the heathens tried to control us. This is the holiday that we all boast, religious and non-religious alike because of the victory. What is going on here with these extremists? They must be stopped.
A segment from a news special aired on Friday night was shown in which chareidim from Ramat Beit Shemesh explained they will impose their way on others, a derech they view as the Torah way of life, even if it means spitting at a 7-year-old girl.
This man needs a psychiatrist urgently. This is no laughing matter. This is not Torah. I was educated in the Hevron Yeshiva. Did you hear of Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach, who was accepted by all, across the board? Do you know 300,000 people attended his funeral. He was loved and respected by all. He lived in Shaare Zedek and traveled to his yeshiva in Bayit Vegan by bus. He did not have drivers. He was modest and traveled on buses. Only in his later years people fought to give him a ride. He never wanted it. He questioned the need, telling others there are buses. There is a well known story that on one of his travels, a woman dressed immodestly sat alongside the rav. Not only didn’t he get up, but he went a stop passed his stop to make sure she didn’t think he was getting up because of her – not wishing to offend her. Can you understand this? Do you know the caliber of this man, who he was?
This is what I was taught and how we were raised. If it bothers you, get up and move. How dare anyone try to assault a woman because she bothers him. Baruch Hashem I have eight girls and they travel on the bus and sit alone by choice. We all have an option. If you are truly bothered get off the bus. One cannot impose one’s will on others on a public bus.
Please chevra, don’t tear that fine line that still connects us all in Israel. Please, you are coming dangerously close to doing irreparable damage. END
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)