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0202 – Points of View from Jerusalem

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Sefardi Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem Speaks out against Hate

“The Rishon Letzion, the honorable Rabbi Shlomo Moshe Amar [1] said, ‘Lower the Flame, Now is not the Time for Hatred.’

The Rishon Letzion, the honorable Rabbi Shlomo Moshe Amar mentioned the confrontations with the police and incitement against the Haredi public in his weekly public lecture, and called on the public to decrease hate and act with unconditional love.'

The Rishon Letzion, the honorable Rabbi Shlomo Moshe Amar discussed confrontations with the police and the incitement against the Haredi public in the shadow of the raging Coronvirus epidemic during his weekly lecture at the Ner HaTorah study hall in Jerusalem. He called on the public to decrease divisions and act with unconditional love.

‘We hear that there are complaints,’ said the honorable Rabbi Amar in the opening to his speech. ‘A large number of complaints, more complaints than there are seeds in a pomegranate. Complaints about the police, the government, from the police about the public. We need to put the flames down and not act with baseless hate.’

HaRashal added, ‘We will try not to act with hate, even when dealing with people who are speaking out against Haredim and Yeshiva students. We are the representatives of the Torah, we need to be an example. We will prove them wrong and respond to them, but we will not stand too strong and employ hatred against them. We will talk to them from a place of love. It must be from love.'

‘It is true,’ the Rabbi added, ‘that there were some mistakes. Out of thousands of police officers – some people were angry. They work hard and we should not be upset. It's better to accept it willingly.’
The Rabbi ended saying that, ‘We should try to act with less hate, less fighting. and less controversy.’”

▶️Source: Kikar HaShabbat
▶️Photo Source: Eli Segal https://bit.ly/39jGnvW


0202 Editor’s Notes
[1] Rishon Lezion (lit. "First to Zion"), is the Hebrew title for the position of Sephardi Chief Rabbi. has been used since the beginning of the 17th century, and is sourced from a verse in Isaiah 41:27. This title can also be abbreviated as Ha-Rashal. Rabbi Shlomo Moshe Amar is the Sefardi Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem. He previously served as the Sefardi Chief Rabbi of Israel.

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