Members“We Are Doing God’s Work”

While a growing percentage of the Israeli public rejects their brand of religion, as evidenced by the dwindling number of Orthodox Jewish Members of Knesset, the rabbis continue to insist that they are doing God’s work in opposing the secular authorities of the state.

By Tsvi Sadan |
Rabbi Shlomo Moshe Amar
Photo: Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90

While hosting a group of young rabbis, Rabbi Shlomo Moshe Amar, the current Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem, encouraged his guests to continue defying the rulings of Israel’s Supreme Court, reported the online Orthodox Jewish news agency Kikar HaShabbat.

Rabbi Amar slammed the court for its encroachment into rabbinical and halakhic affairs, explaining that the authorities start off small in order to lull the Jewish people into a state of contentment before assaulting more major pillars of faith. “They didn’t start with desecrating Shabbat or the biblical feasts, and they certainly didn’t start with approving intermarriage,” he noted. “They start with matters that they (and most other secular Israelis) see as minor, so that when the rabbis strongly protest, everyone will say: ‘What is your problem?’”

Echoing biblical admonishments that Christians will also be familiar with from the teachings of Yeshua in the New Testament, Rabbi Amar pointed out that “small offenses ultimately lead to much more serious offenses.” For him, this was evidence in a recent government compromise permitting Conservative and Reform Jews to use a...

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