Dec 31, 2009

Interesting Psak from Rav Elyashiv: entering the Knesset building

Will the Degel representatives in Knesset be resigning in the coming days?

Bechadrei News is reporting that on Tuesday, during Rav Elyashiv's daily shiur, while discussing the topic of houses of idol worship and the issur for a Jew to enter such a place, Rav Elyashiv explained that it is only allowed to sometimes, in specific situations, to enter their courts to fight against their attacks against the Torah.

Someone present asked if then it is allowed because of that, for haredi representatives to be part of the Knesset, as the Knesset is a Beis Minnim where they fight against the Torah. Rav Elyashiv's response was that the hetter only applies to the courts, and nothing else. The fellow persisted and said that in the Knesset there are heretics who hate Torah and shomrei mitzvos, and the haredi MKs are there to fight against that. Rav Elyashiv flippantly asked if they have succeeded, to which he said they try.

Rav Elyashiv said "They should stay and sit at home.. and let them try from there"

Obviously the haredi MKs from Degel (not Aguda, as they have their own poskim) will have to go to Rav Elyashiv and get clarification from him whether the Knesset is really given the status of a Beis Minnim and if they should immediately resign.

It doesn't make sense that he really holds that, considering the Degel policy of relating to the government, and Rav Elyashiv has never before told them they should not be part of the government. Regardless, it will be interesting to see what happens in light of his statement..


  1. Pick and ChoosiasmDecember 31, 2009 2:20 PM

    They will find a loophole to further their agenda just as the many "Charedi" websites are still operating.

  2. There is n audio on Becharei Chareidim of the question being asked. Totally distorted, the way the question was phrased and the way they interpreted the answer.

    Its in Yiddish, though.


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