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The Kol Berama haredi radio station announced on Tuesday that a regular guest
rabbi on one of its shows who directed an abusive tirade against
national-religious rabbis last week will not be returning to the
Rabbi Avraham Tamir was answering questions on the new Between
Haredi and Nationalist show, broadcast on Tuesdays, and according to the radio
station, designed to “heal the rifts and divides in the nation” and dealing
specifically with the issue of haredi enlistment in the army.
out against Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman and Kadima MK Yohanan
Plesner, both of whom insist on ultra-Orthodox enlistment in national service.
He then directed his comments at prominent national-religious figure Rabbi David
Stav, the chairman of the rabbinical association Tzohar who wrote recently in
the Yisrael HaYom newspaper that haredim should enlist in the army.
thing that angered me the most was that through the media, a reform rabbi from
the organization of reform rabbis known as Tzohar, accused the haredi community,
no less, of desecrating the name of God.”
Tamir then labeled the Orthodox
Stav “a heretic...
perhaps a heretic or perhaps an idiot, but most likely
“How could such a punk rabbi, half the age of [the late leading
rabbinic authority] Rabbi [Yosef Shalom] Elyashiv, make a ruling in complete
opposition to the generation’s leader?” he asked.
Tamir added that the
problem facing the haredi community is not the issue of enlistment to national
service, for which “some kind of arrangement” can be achieved, but rather “the
cancer in the body of devout Judaism; criminal, punk rabbis who are seeking to
undermine the world of Torah Judaism.”
The Srugim national-religious news
website first reported Tamir’s comments.
Kol Berama responded to Srugim
by saying that Tamir’s comments were “distressing and, needless to say, the
station “does not identify with them in any way.
“We regret [the
incident] and apologize to Rabbi Stav, as well as to anyone who was offended by
“Immediately after the broadcast, station managers made
contact with Rabbi Stav and apologized in the name of Kol Berama for the
Rabbi Tamir will not take part in the station’s
broadcasts in the future.”