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January 10, 2013


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Joel Katz

According to http://www.theyeshivaworld.com on Jan. 13, 2013:

"Shas officials decided that the shiur would not be broadcast until following the elections as a result of Hiddush’s petition.

This past motzei Shabbos, the Shiur was given by Rav Yitzchak Yosef, the Bal Yalkut Yosef, as Rav Ovadia was hospitalized in Hadassah Medical Center."


I assume this means that Israel has no concept of freedom of speech. Amazing to want to ban torah class lectures as well! In Israel yet!!

Posted by: Avi | January 10, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Uri Regev, Chief Rabbi of Hiddush, is Israeli, and even the Reform Ordination can't take that out of him. He's an angry, Reform Israeli who's really struggling to work with this whole "liberty" idea of democracy ... but he's still not quite getting it.


Rabbis and preachers ought to stay out of politics. Separation of church and state has worked pretty well in the US in the past 200+ years and certainly has worked well for the Jews. As Israel moves increasingly to becoming a theocratic state, it is sowing the seeds of its own distruction. The Yeshiva boys with their state subsidies don't even want to defend their own country.

Atheodox Jew

It's not as if the concern has no reasonable precedent. See e.g.:


Gevezener Chusid

If Ashkenazi rabbis wanted to ban Yosef's speeches it would be called racism.

Garnel Ironheart

Ah yes, the usual liberal refrain: you have freedom of opinion, as long as it's our opinion you have.


Religious Freedom Groups Seeks To Ban Broadcasts Of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s Torah Classes

I assume this means that Israel has no concept of freedom of speech. Amazing to want to ban torah class lectures as well! In Israel yet!!

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