Following the High Court’s decision to put Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu on disciplinary action, the rabbis of Israel today issued a letter of support to the rabbi from all denominations and sectors.
In the letter, the rabbis protest the decision of the High Court and demand the right of freedom of expression for rabbis as well, “This is how the rabbis of Israel have behaved in all generations, this is how the chief rabbis of Israel behaved and this is how every rabbi in Israel should do.”
More than 150 city rabbis and heads of yeshivas today signed a letter of support for Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu in light of the High Court’s decision to prosecute him for his statements from the past.
The letter wrote that “it is the right and duty of every rabbi in Israel to express his Torah opinion – halakhic without fear and without prejudice. This is the way of the Torah, this is how the rabbis of Israel behaved in all generations, this is how the chief rabbis of Israel behaved.
The prosecution of the rabbi is the same as the prosecution of the rabbinate in Israel. Later in the letter, the rabbis wrote: “The words of Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, which call for the strengthening of the Jewish family, the strengthening of the Land of Israel, the prevention of assimilation and the penetration of Reform Judaism in the Land of Israel are his legitimate halakhic position, with which many Israeli rabbis agree.
We strengthen the rabbi for his steadfastness, for his courage to say what is on his heart without fear and without fear. The prosecution of the rabbi is the same as the prosecution of the rabbinate in Israel. “
The rabbis also attacked the High Court for silencing the mouths of rabbis: “We strongly protest the intention and demand to prosecute Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu for halakhic Torah statements. The courts in Israel have often stretched the scope of the right to freedom of expression. We demand and insist So that this right to freedom of expression will be given equally to the rabbis of Israel in every site and site. “
Among the rabbis who signed the letter are Rabbi Aryeh Stern, Rabbi of Jerusalem, Rabbi Micha Halevi, Rabbi of Petah Tikva, Rabbi Yehoshua Shapira, Rosh Yeshivat Ramat Gan, Rabbi Elyakim Lebanon, Rabbi of Samaria, Rabbi Shlomo Aviner, Rosh Yeshivat Ateret Jerusalem, Rabbi Yechiel Abuhatzira, Rabbi of Ramla, David Druckman, Rabbi of Kiryat Motzkin, Rabbi Eliyahu Bar Shalom, Rabbi of Bat Yam, Rabbi Menachem Perl, Head of the Tzomet Institute, and Rabbi Yehuda Amichai, Head of the Torah and Haaretz Institute.
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