Rabbi Aharon Leib Steinman. Last year, Steinman said secular Jews are the "erev rav," the "mixed multitude" of non-Jews who escaped Egypt with the Israelites and according to rabbinic thought, caused trouble thereafter for the Israelites.
Haredi Leader Calls Non-Jews “Murderers, Thieves [and] Brainless People”
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Defacto haredi leader Rabbi Aharon Leib Steinman told haredim in Beit Shemesh that non-Jews are “murderers,” “thieves,” and “brainless people.”
The city, which serves as a bedroom community for both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, has been the site of conflict between extreme haredim on one hand and Modern Orthodox and secular Jews on the other.
"There are eight billion people in the world. And what are they? Murderers, thieves, brainless people…” Steinman said. “But who is the essence of this world? Has God created the world for these murderers? For these evil-doers?…The nations of the world have no redeeming qualities.”
Steinman’s remarks were printed by the haredi newspaper Yated Ne’eman and reprinted by Ynet. The nonagenarian rabbi is considered to be a moderate among senior haredi rabbis.
Steinman reiterated his anti-humanity statements and continued. "Non-Jews have no connection to Torah. The nations have nothing, no confidence [faith in God] and no good principles.”
“Those [Jews] who don't study Torah, are not fulfilling the mitzvot. If [a Jew] doesn't study Torah it leads to devastation, his devastation, and the world's devastation…This is what we need to aspire to, to see all the children, all our generations, make sure the sons study Torah…anyone and everyone who wants to see "nachas" [joy] from their children needs to make sure they study Torah. If not Torah they will be illiterates and no joy will come of them. Even if he has money, is that the goal? Can you take money to the grave with you? There is no such thing. What do you have in the grave? Torah."
In January, Steinman said secular Jews are the "erev rav," the "mixed multitude" of non-Jews who escaped Egypt with the Israelites and according to rabbinic thought, caused trouble thereafter for the Israelites.
"…[T]heir ways are not like our ways," Steinman said then, "and we certainly must distance ourselves from them, for their inside is not like their outside [i.e. their internal state is not like the appearance they put on]. They are a mixed multitude who hate the Jews."