(photo credit: Ilan Cirota)
Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto, spiritual adviser to many members of Israeli high
society, gave his approbation on Wednesday to the social justice movement that
has gripped the country in recent months.
“I support the social struggle
with all my heart and feel very proud to see women leading this movement,
something unprecedented in the history of Israel,” Pinto said.
with activist Daphni Leef over Succot and expressed his support for the protest
and its goals.
“The societal situation in Israel is very bad,” the rabbi
said. “A situation has been created in which those born into wealth can live in
dignity and luxury and everyone else is forced to deal with large debts to the
banks and work without end in order to simply cover the costs of
“We see great poverty in Israel,” Pinto told Leef. “We see
neglect all over the country.
This situation must change and the struggle
that you are leading is a turning point in Israeli society. The community and
network of charitable centers which I lead, Shuva Yisrael, will do everything
possible to assist and support the continued protests and a better future for
the people of Israel.”
Pinto is regarded by his followers as a kabbalist,
and has given political and business advice to numerous high-profile politicians
On Saturday night last week, Pinto held a celebratory
dinner with MK Binyamin Ben- Eliezer, following his recuperation from a
life-threatening bout of pneumonia back in March. Ben-Eliezer credits Pinto with
helping him survive, after the rabbi went to Ben-Eliezer’s hospital bed when he
was in a coma and prayed next to him throughout the night.
have sought Pinto’s counsel and spiritual assistance include real-estate magnate
Jacky Ben-Zaken, businessman Yitzhak Tshuva, Tzipi Livni, Minister of Justice
Yaakov Neeman, and numerous others.