Apr 10, 2012

Quote Of The Day

Quote Of The Day

It pains me greatly that there are Israelis who are unable to forgo bread during Pesach. The advancements of technology have provided alternatives for all types of foods that can be kosher for Pesach... this range of foods available did not exist when I was a child, and definitely not in the time of our parents who had nothing more than matza, potatoes and eggs to eat on Pesach.  What's the problem for one week to identify with the Jewish people and not eat bread and pita publicly? 

  -- Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger

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6 comments:

  1. Why can't he just accept the fact that there are people who are not religious?

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  2. No one is eating bread publicly in religious neighborhoods. Perhaps he should learn to respect other people's ways of life rather than expecting everyone else to conform to his..., besides, it's not like his hashgacha is trusted, so who is he to talk?

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  3. How bout he says this, then: "It pains me greatly that there are Israelis who are unable to respect our national independence day. The advancements of our country have provided alternatives for all types of ways to be freely and openly Jewish...this country did not exist when I was a child, and definitely not in the time of our parents who had nothing more than war, discrimination, and oppression on Pesach. What's the problem for one day to identify with the Jewish people and honor Yom Ha'atzmaut?"

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    1. It was a great comment only if you could not possibly imagine that there could be a legitimate halachic/rabbinic opinion that one should not celebrate Yom HaAtzma'ut, and that it may even be something un-Jewish.

      I do not agree with that opinion, but I know that many, many Rabbonim did hold that, and many, many more were silent מפאת כבודם of greater Rabbonim who did, so I think it is a legitimate (if tragically incorrect) opinion. And perhaps R' Metzger does, as well.

      Let us be Zionists and allow that to enhance our Judaism. But let us not fall into the trap of defining it as absolute Judaism.

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  4. Yaakov - It was a great comment only if you could not possibly imagine that there could be a legitimate halachic/rabbinic opinion that one should not celebrate Yom HaAtzma'ut, and that it may even be something un-Jewish.

    So you are saying that it's okay to disrespect anything that has a legitimate Rabbinic opinion against it?

    So I suppose we can disrespect Hassidut? Plenty of Rabbinic opinions against Chassidut. Can we disrespect all the segulot that are pretty "un-Jewish"? Can we disrespect the style of dress of Charedim that is clearly "un-Jewish"?

    Chag Sameach and Shabbat Shalom to all.

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