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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Interior Minister Eli Yishai on Sunday defended remarks made Saturday by Shas Spirtual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef. "The rabbi preaches morals to all of us in order to gain strength, to do good deeds, and to repent."
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Yishai added, that whoever hears the rabbi understands that "he is in tears and speaks with pain" about the tragedy in the Carmel.
Yishai's comments come after Rabbi Ovadia Yosef remarks in his weekly sermon on Saturday night in which he claimed that the
devastating Carmel fire was a result of insufficient Shabbat observance in the
“Fires only happen in a place where Shabbat
is desecrated,” he quoted from the Babylonian Talmud Shabbat tractate in his
weekly sermon. “Homes were ruined," he continued, "entire
neighborhoods wiped out, and it is not arbitrary. It is all divine providence.”
“We must repent, keep Shabbat
appropriately. When the People of Israel repent, God safeguards them with a
wall of fire,” but not of the incinerating type, Yosef added.