Rabbi Yaakov Shapira 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Nearly 70 prominent national religious rabbis signed a letter of protest
published in a Friday newspaper, over the police’s announced intention to arrest
Kiryat Arba Chief Rabbi Dov Lior if he continued to ignore their requests to
present himself for questioning about his endorsement of the book Torah
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Heads of the some of the leading educational institutions
within the sector – including Rabbi Haim Druckman of Or Etzion, Rabbi David Stav
of Tzohar and the Petah Tikva hesder yeshiva, Rabbi Elyakim Levanon and Rabbi
Eliezer Melamed – defended Lior’s ongoing refusal to be investigated for the
rabbinic endorsement (haskama) he gave the book.
Shapira's distinction between Jewish, gentile
by Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira and Rabbi Yosef Elitzur of the Od Yosef Hai Yeshiva in
Yitzhar, advocates killing innocent non-Jews in certain situations during
Lior and Rabbi Ya’acov Yosef, son of Shas spiritual leader Rabbi
Ovadia Yosef, have been publicly refusing the police summons since the summer.
Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsberg of Kfar Chabad, who also endorsed Torat Hamelech
appeared for police questioning as requested last year and used the opportunity
to explain to police the halachic reasoning behind his support for the
On Thursday, Yosef told the Galei Israel radio station that police
had also shown up at his house with a warrant, as with Lior, but since nobody
was home, they had left the premise without handing it to him.
protest the arrest warrant issued by the police and State Attorney’s Office for
the arrest of Rabbi Dov Lior,” reads the letter in Friday’s Makor Rishon
“To us, this is a disgrace to the Torah and those who study
it, an attempt to curb the rabbis’ freedom of expression through severe,
unwonted and anti-democratic measures, which were never utilized against
intellectuals from the Left, despite extreme sentiment expressed against the
state and its citizens,” the rabbis wrote.
“We call upon Justice Minister
Yaakov Neeman and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to act to immediately cancel
this humiliating order,” they declared.
In a postscript, they added,
“This signature does not amount to endorsement of the book Torat Hamelech