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0202 – Points of View from Jerusalem


Haredi Digest for Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach’s passing:

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"Rabbi Shaul Abdiel, of the Netzach Yehuda regiment [Haredi regiment in the IDF] gave orders to his soldiers and said: “A sad day for the Jewish people!…A few soldiers have asked me how we treat the Rabbi’s passing, considering his fierce opposition to their enlistment. I would like to make it clear: Rabbi Auerbach was a very holy man whose passing is a loss to the entire generation.” The rabbi sent another message: “it is a mitzvah, a Jewish commandment to go to the funeral – but not dressed in uniform. I’m sure that Rabbi Auerbach loved every Jew.”

– Scoop News

"First dramatic move following Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach’s death: a council of Rabbis [Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah] of the Peleg will be established to continue his path in public leadership. This will be done according to the last wishes of Rabbi Aeurbach, who planned the move during the past few weeks but passed away before it could come to pass."

– Israel Cohen on Twitter

"The eulogies at Rabbi Auerbach’s funeral refer to his passing as falling in battle. They’re talking about 'continuing the war,' and the importance of not showing up at the recruiting office. [1]"

– Aharon Rabinowitz on twitter

Rabbi Moshe Shterenbuch in his eulogy: “We know that righteous men are greater in death than in life. Now that he passed, they all remembered how holy he was.”

– Scoop News

Rabbi Tzvi Friedman in his eulogy: “He wouldn’t want me to praise him, just to say this loud and clear: “no boy should come to the recruiting office, and the police must not be feared. Let no one think that the battle is ending, we will continue in full force”.

– Through the Whatsapp group: Extremist Haredi Riots
Selected comments:
-”Devestating. The factions must be united – there is no choice anymore against the secular society.”
-”We’re left orphaned”.
”How come there were only Ashkenazi speakers at the funeral?”

– Kikar HaShabat

0202 Editor’s Notes:
[1] While other Haredi Rabbis oppose enlisting as well, Rabbi Auerbach is known to prohibit even showing up at the recruiting office and declaring oneself as Haredi in order to get an exemption.