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Jan 26, 2015

Interesting Psak: Har Habayit or the Knesset

Rav Aviner today announced that he cannot support Otzma Yehudit, or support the possible merge with Eli Yishai's Yachad - Ha'am Itanu, due to one factor, despite them being a group that will prevent the continued legislation against the Torah and Judaism. That factor is, the members of Otzma Yehudit, or some of them at least, either go up to har habayit or they support ascending Har Habayit.

Rav Aviner said only if the parties together announce that they are against the ascension to har habayit can he support them.

While I would think that this would be a relatively minor issue, considering the limitations in place and the other major issues that are front and center in these elections, Rav Aviner puts this issue at top priority.

Rav Aviner said that the issue of ascending Har Habayit is not personal, but is one that affects all of Klal Yisrael. He said, this is something that was prohibited by the rabbis of previous generations, and it is not the field of any particular rabbi to allow it. Just like we cannot allow or cause damage to the Torah, we cannot allow or cause damage to Har Habayit.

So, Rav Aviner said, they must denounce ascension to Har Habayit, and if they don't, they should not be cooperated with.

So, the interesting psak is that Rav Aviner says you cannot vote for or support a party that supports going up to Har Habayit.

Dr. Michael Ben Ari and the others have to decide, which is more important to them - Har Habayit or the Knesset. That is, if they want Rav Aviner's support.

source: Srugim

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  1. Interesting that he holds that one can only (publicly, I guess he means) support a party if one agrees with everyone the party's members hold of.

  2. Or that some have decided to make Har Habayit their central campaign issue. Which in this case is a shame - the position of many that Israel needs to assume sovereignty over molotov-throwing Arab teens on the Mount, should not be undermined by the technical issue whether Jews are permitted to walk anywhere on the Mount - which was never a unanimous opinion anyway. They are two different issues, one regarding national security, the other which is a Rabbinic-educational one. And while a Rabbi may fail to use his educational influence to teach his position, when he uses his influence to FORCE that halacha into law, he lowers his value as a Rabbi.

  3. which one? Tzur yisrael or Bitzur


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