Rabbi Shimon Rosenberg, the father of Rivkie Holtberg – who was murdered along with her husband Gavriel by terrorists in Mumbai, India two years ago along with several other Jews at the Chabad House they ran there – was asked to light the official Independence Day torch by the Government of Israel along with his grandson Moshe, who survived the Mumbai attack. Chabad rabbis objected and will be issuing a statement saying Rosenberg and his grandson Moshe do not represent Chabad.
Why is Chabad objecting to Rabbi Shimon Rosenberg and his grandson Moshe (pictured above) lighting the Israel Independence Day torch?
Because the late Rebbe and his two immediate predecessors opposed Zionism and did not believe the State of Israel had the right to exist as a democracy or as any other type of modern state.
Indeed, the Rebbe's two immediate predecessors were among the top five Jewish anti-Zionists in the world.
The 5th of Iyar mentioned below is the date of Israel Independence Day.
Torchlighter Doesn't Represent Lubavitch
The upcoming torchlighting ceremony ignited a heated argument among Anash in Eretz Hakodesh, since a member of Anash( R' Sh. R. and his young grandson M.) are among the chosen to light a torch. He accepted and felt proud to represent Chabad and the Rebbe's Shluchim at said ceremony. However, this very same ceremony in is direct opposition to the Rebbe's stand on the 5th of Iyar and all the celebrations in conjunction with that day.
Rabbonei Chabad have come out with a statement that will be published in the morning papers, clarifying that the said Chossid is acting on his own as a private citizen, and doesn't represent Lubavitch or the Rebbe's Shluchim in any way.
Signed on the document are Rabbis: Menachem Mendel Glukowsky, Eliyahi Yochonon Gurarie, Ze'ev Dov Slonim, Yosef Hecht, Avrohom Michel Halperin and Mordechai Shmuel Ashkenazi, of Bais Din Rabbonei Chabad, and Rabbis Naftoli HaCohen Roth, Osher Lemel Cohen, Yosef Yitzchok Havlin and Dovid Meir Druckman.
[Hat Tip: The Lion.]