An Ashkenazi haredi syangogue in the haredi city of Bnei Brak using a public building to hold its services evicts a Sefardi haredi congregation that had a permit to use some of the building's space. The Ashkenazim even tossed the Sefardi Aron HaKodesh (Holy Ark) out on the street. And the Ashkenazim got away with it. Why?
Originally published at 9:55 pm CDT 6-30-2013
Yeshiva World, who reports the story, doesn't spell it out, but the answer is simple – Ashkenazim vastly outnumber Sefardim in Bnei Brak, and those bloc votes control all:
The Three Weeks does not seem to have an impact on one Bnei Brak shul where Ashkenazim reportedly ousted Sephardim on Friday night. The shul is located in area Gimmel of the city, located in a library, an official minyan approved by city officials.[Hat Tip: Seymour.]
Sephardi mispallalim [congregants] in the Beis Yaakov School shul explain police were summoned to oust them from the building. Kikar Shabbat reports that it has eyewitness testimony that the minyan of some 100 mispallalim was escorted out by police and city inspectors.
The shul is called Shiras Yosef, under the leadership of HaGaon [the Genius] HaRav [the Rabbi] Menashe Zilka and the president is listed as the rav of the community, HaGaon HaRav Shlomo Ben Shimon Shlita.
The Sephardi mispallalim explain they received permission for the minyan from Deputy Mayor Eli Dadon, but it appears the Beis Yaakov is uninterested. They add that have a permit to use the school for davening on Shabbos for a period of a number of months. They explain in recent weeks, the door was chained close and at times they could not access the light switches and air conditioning in the electric box, part of the ongoing harassment against them. The mispallalim report that this week was the record-breaker as the Beis Yaakov threw their stuff out into the hallway, including the Aaron Kodesh, and then calling police to evict them.
Despite the fact Rav Zilka showed police the permit he received from Dadon, who also holds the city’s education portfolio, police blocked the rav from entering the Beis Yaakov building.
The Beis Yaakov and City Hall were not available for comment.