Dec 7, 2006


Rav Yisrael Ariel was arrested a short while ago.

Rav Ariel is the founder and head of Machon Hamikdash - The Temple Institue. He has done amazing work. The arrest is based on a letter he wrote at the time of the evacuation of Amona criticizing the evacuation and the participants.

I just got an sms on my cellphone announcing that there will be a demonstration outside of the police station at the Russian Compound in Jerusalem this afternoon at 2pm (14:00) at the back entrance. I will not be able to make it, but anybody else who can should be encouraged to go show support for Rav Ariel.


  1. I think it is important to get the facts straight.

    This rabbi was not arrestted for some letter.

    I went to jpost and looked up the article. He was sent a summons to appear to be questioned regarding the issue over his potential lawbreaking by putting officers in cherem for participating in the evacuation. In essence the argument could be made that he was ordering soldiers to disobey orders.

    However, he was arressted for not appearing or making other arriangments. He simply ignored the summons.

    I guess its ok to break thelaw if your a rabbi.

  2. The initial article is the one I read and the information was incomplete (as usually is in initial articles. It did say that he was asked to come in for questioning and he tried to make arrangements for them to question him elsewhere (as is common when they question rabbinic figures) but they brought him in instead....


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