It was, for a few brief moments, the wild, wild east. A haredi mob leaving a hasidic rebbe’s Shabbat tisch on the edge of the über-haredi Jerusalem neighborhood of Mea Shearim Friday night reportedly attacked a large group of IDF soldiers who were themselves on their way to a Shabbat meal in a prominent haredi kiruv rabbi's home.
Above: (File photo) Haredim throwing stones at police in Mea Shearim, July 2011
Haredi Mob Attacks 80 IDF Soldiers In Jerusalem
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
It was, for a few brief moments, the wild, wild east.
A haredi mob leaving a hasidic rebbe’s Shabbat tisch – essentially a gathering for hasidim in which the rebbe eats a meal and leaves leftovers on his plate for the hasidim, who vie to grab them and eat them, believing the rebbe has made them holy by elevating the “divine sparks” in the food – on the edge of the über-haredi Jerusalem neighborhood of Mea Shearim Friday night reportedly attacked a large group of IDF soldiers.
According to a report in Yeshiva World based on the reporting of the Israeli haredi news website Kikar HaShabbat, about 80 soldiers were walking on Shmuel HaNavi Street in Yerushalayim on Friday night when the haredim leaving the tisch noticed them and attacked without provocation. A female soldier was struck in the with a projectile, but did not require hospitalization.
Other residents of the neighborhood saw what was happening and intervened to stop the attack because, Yeshiva World reported, they did not want to stand by and let the soldiers get attacked because that would give the haredi community and Judaism a bad name.
The soldiers were reportedly on their way to a Shabbat meal in the home of the Machlis family, which has been known for decades in the kiruv (haredi missionary outreach) community for hosting dozens of secular overseas college students for Shabbat meals each week. Rabbi Machlis reportedly told the soldiers the attackers do not represent the majority of the haredi community.