Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef called on his followers on
Saturday night to include prayers to God on Rosh Hashana to destroy Iran
and their Hezbollah proxy in Lebanon, Army Radio reported on Sunday.
to the report, Rabbi Yosef received an update from National Security
Council head Yaakov Amidror detailing the importance of attacking Iran's
nuclear facilities, and calling on him to pray for the destruction of
The update followed a meeting between the two, and was most likely aimed at gaining Shas’s support for a strike.
Rabbi responded during his weekly address: “When we say the blessing
over the dates at our Rosh Hashana meal this year, and we ask God to
‘bring an end to our enemies,’ we should be thinking about Iran, those
evil ones who threaten Israel. May the Lord destroy them.”
The blessing over the date, tamar in Hebrew, is that God "put an end to the enemies, haters and those who wish evil" upon the Israelites.
Last Saturday, during his weekly Torah lesson, Yosef briefly mentioned as an aside the issue of Iran’s nuclear program.
second Haman, also from Persia, intends to do evil to us,” he said in
reference to a Persian enemy of the Jewish people recorded in the
Biblical book of Esther.
“We need to stand in prayer with all
our hearts before God,” he continued. “A second Haman, also from Persia,
intends to do evil to us,” he said in reference to a Persian enemy of
the Jewish people recorded in the Biblical book of Esther. “We need to
stand in prayer with all our hearts before God,” he continued.
chairman MK Ze’ev Elkin commented last week on an ongoing dialogue
between the Prime Minister's Office and the Shas spiritual leader.
know that the prime minister is conducting talks with Shas leaders, and
certainly with the rabbi,” Elkin told Kikar Hashabbat. “If and when the
day comes, he will present the rabbi with all the facts and
information,” the MK added, referring to a possible Israeli strike on
Iranian nuclear facilities.
Jeremy Sharon contributed to this report.