This past week, the entire country was talking about two things: the national budget, which passed after a sleepless night, and the vicious terror attacks in Paris. These were two events of great significance to the citizens of Israel, each in its own way, but at the same time, something very important to the chareidi community of Israel happened while no one was paying attention. That “something” was the draft law. You, too, probably heard more about Jonathan Pollard and the endless campaign of persecution against him than you heard about this law.
Aryeh Deri and Moshe Gafni recently spoke before a delegation of friends of the Shuvu school network from America, who came as guests to the Knesset.
Deri asserted that we have moved from a period of hester ponim to a time of open miracles. Now that we are in the government, we have learned that the previous government plotted much more evil than the wicked laws it passed. We have abolished the anti-religious laws and the prime minister has now fulfilled his pledges to us. MK Moshe Gafni declared, “There is no other democratic regime in the Western world that took a large sector of its population and beat it mercilessly. We are acting in the spirit of Rav Shach’s instructions to look out for the entire country, not just for the chareidi populace.”
By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz | Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Were someone to ask me what Sarah Imeinu looked like, I’d say, “Look at Rebbetzin Sarah Schustal and you’ll know.” Were someone to ask me what a bas Yisroel should look like, I’d say, “Like Rebbetzin Schustal.” What is tznius? What is tzidkus? How should we act? How should we speak? How should we live our lives? How should we raise our children? I’d say, “Look at Rebbetzin Schustal and you’ll know.”
Rabbi Pesach Lerner is Executive Vice President Emeritus of the National Council of Young Israel and a decades long advocate and activist on behalf of Jonathan Pollard. More than anyone, he kept the case alive and in the headlines, working heroically to seek freedom for the famous prisoner. We spoke to him on Monday. How was Jonathan Pollard’s first Shabbos outside the prison, the first time in 30 years that he experienced a Shabbos as a free man? I asked Jonathan that question when we spoke after Shabbos.