A member of Israeli Knesset, Rabbi Haim Druckman, an Israel Prize winner, who is considered to be the dean of Zionist Orthodox Rabbis worldwide, has blasted Israeli finance minister Yair Lapid over Lapid’s call to fire Israel’s two Chief Rabbis, who head Zionist Orthodox Bnei Akiva yeshiva system.
Rabbi Druckman accused Lapid of “first class chutzpah”.
“The Finance Minister has forgotten that we don’t live in communist Russia, and it’s not just the right but the obligation of the chief rabbis to make their opinion known on all matter of Torah and halakha. I’m amazed at the unbridled attack the finance minister against the chief rabbis. I don’t know who will be fired first – the chief rabbis or the finance minister – the elections to Knesset precede the elections to the chief rabbinate,” Druckman told daily Israel National News on January 13, 2014.
I assume Rabbi Drukman is not aware that Russian president Vladimir Putin told the Russian Jewish Lobby that Soviet Union was controlled by Jews.
On November 7, 2011, daily The Jerusalem Post reported leading Zionist Rabbi Dov Lior telling students not to take up positions (combat or non-combat) in IDF where they would have to command women to protect modest.
“Find a good excuse in order to leave before the women sing,” Lior told the students.
In 1948, in order to attract religious Jewish communities to immigrate to occupied Palestine, Zinionst entity’s first prime minister, David Ben Gurion, came to an agreement with the religious parties to exempt yeshiva students from compulsary military service so that they might continue Torah studies without interruption. The “agreement” remained in force for the last six decades – but resulted in resentment among the non-religious Jewish majority in Israel.
Several hundreds yeshiva men have joined the army due to economical reasons, but women have stayed out on religious basis – avoiding open contact with men on daily basis. On August 5, 2012, The Times of Israel reported that the sexual harassment complaints in the IDF has climbed more than 80% since 2007. On November 20, 2013, daily Ha’aretz reported that nine-in-ten sexual harassment cases in Israel don’t result in indictment.
In his first music video, Maor Mizrahi’s song “Kiba Et Halapid” (“He Extinguished the Torch”) features the character of Finance Minister. You Tube has taken down the video.