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The senior Ashkenazi rabbinic leadership on Tuesday expressed its “great
protest” and pain over the “breach of the boundaries of the vineyard of the
Jewish people to ‘kosher’ conversions that are not according to Halacha, and
[that] bring gentiles into the vineyard of the Jewish people.”
signed by top Lithuanian adjudicator Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, senior
hassidic rabbinic authority Rabbi Shmuel Wosner and over a dozen other haredi
rabbis appeared in the major haredi newspapers – Yated Ne’eman, Hamodia and
Hamvaser - and without mentioning them by name, was addressing the military
conversions, which were recently declared kosher by President of the Shas
Council of Torah Sages Rabbi Ovadia Yosef and Chief Sephardi Rabbi Shlomo Amar,
after their validity was challenged.
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Also not mentioned by name were
Yosef and Amar, unlike the non-establishment industry of street notices
(pashkevilim) through which the chief rabbi has been called a heretic and
hypocrite since following Yosef’s lead and giving his signature to the IDF
conversions nearly two weeks ago.
Tuesday’s letter dwells on the halachic
concept cited by the senior rabbis, according to which “these gentiles had no
intention to accept any principle from the religious principles, neither Shabbat
nor Kashrut nor the sanctity of the family, and everyone knows and can almost
vow that these gentiles had no intention to accept Judaism.”
“And we turn
to whoever can do anything to prevent this terrible desecration... and God may
give the hearts of those erring wisdom,” the letter ends in what appears to be a
wish aimed at Yosef.
The 90-year-old Yosef, meanwhile, received praise
from President Shimon Peres for the very same ruling, while paying the president
a condolence call at his residence on Tuesday morning.
“It was your
greatness in Torah that enabled this important ruling that strengthens and
unifies the People of Israel,” the president said. Yosef replied that the
guiding principle in his ruling was the unity of the Jewish people, within the
framework of Halacha. Accompanied by Shas ministers Eli Yishai and Ariel Attias,
Yosef consoled Peres and told him that his late wife Sonia was a modest woman
who dedicated her life to charity and helping those in need.