Elyashiv: If it's true, 'din rodef' should apply to thieves

By JONAH MANDEL
November 22, 2010 14:56

Senior Ashkenazi adjudicator Rabbi Shalom Elyashiv spoke out in the most harsh terms against the possibility that three haredi educational institutions defrauded the state of dozens of millions of Shekels.

 “If the story turns out to be true, the thieves should be considered pursuers (din rodef),” the most respected halachic authority within the Ashkenazi haredi world was quoted as saying Sunday night, explaining that their alleged deeds were unacceptable and would cause irreversible damage to haredim everywhere.

Din rodef is a term that applies in the halachic literature to someone who can be killed to save another person, usually a fetus with a medical condition that can endager its mother.

The Jerusalem Magistrate's Court on Monday extended the remand of the six suspects arrested in a Sunday raid by four more days. The men, who manage kollels, are suspected of producing fraudulent identity cards to create the appearance of greater numbers of students in their institutions, which receive financial support from the Education Ministry per capita. Four additional men who were detained for questioning were released on bail.


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