Vilna'i: Melamed must condemn insubordination

Maverick hesder yeshiva

By MATTHEW WAGNER
December 10, 2009 00:47
1 minute read.
Eliezer Melamed 248.88

Eliezer Melamed 248.88. (photo credit: )

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai gave Rabbi Eliezer Melamed until Sunday to express his unequivocal opposition to political demonstrations in the IDF. Melamed said that he would have to consult with senior rabbis. If the rabbi does not acquiesce, Vilnai said that he would recommend to Defense Minister Ehud Barak to remove Melamed's Har Bracha Yeshiva from the hesder yeshiva. The immediate impact on the yeshiva would be the loss of funds. The Defense Ministry provides about 40 hesder yeshivot with about 7,500 students with NIS 22 million annually. Vilnai told Melamed during the hour-and-a-half long meeting Thursday evening that a soldier has to know that there is only one source of authority and not more than one, said Vilnai's spokesman, who was present during the meeting. There cannot be a situation in which a soldier tells his commander that he has to consult his rabbi before following orders, Vilnai told Melamed during the meeting which took place at Beit Hachayal in Jerusalem. Vilnai specifically asked Melamed to issue a statement similar to the one issued by Rabbi Haim Druckman, head of the Or Etzion Hesder Yeshiva in which Druckman expressed his opposition to using the IDF as a place for political demonstrations. The issue of political demonstrations in the IDF came to the forefront after three separate incidents in which Kfir Brigade soldiers who serve in Judea and Samaria waved banners in prominent places declaring they would refuse to obey orders to evacuate Jewish settlements. During the meeting, Vilnai praised Melamed's yeshiva for producing highly motivated soldiers who have made their impact on the IDF. Melamed told Vilnai that his position was based on the accepted Halacha as taught for generation upon generation from the time of King David that God's commandments take precedent over any order military or other, according to the news media Internet site Arutz 7. Other leading rabbis have ruled in an identical fashion to Melamed including former Chief Rabbi of the IDF Shlomo Goren, who also served as Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi of Israel. In addition, former Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Avraham Shapira published an opinion in favor of military insubordination during the Gaza disengagement.

Related Content

Jisr az-Zarq
April 3, 2014
Residents of Jisr az-Zarqa beckon Israel Trail hikers to enjoy their town

By SHARON UDASIN