Chabad IDF soldiers who wear yarmulkes with the Chabad messianist slogan, known as "Yechi…," proclaiming that the Lubavitcher Rebbe is alive and is the messiah should continue to wear those yarmulkes, despite orders from IDF brass banning them, even if this means the soldiers will be jailed, a leading Chabad rabbi reportedly ruled.
Chabad.info reports on the response of a leading messianist Chabad rabbi to the news that the Israel Defense Forces had banned yarmulkes with slogans embroiderded on them, including the Chabad messianist slogan that proclaims that the late Lubavitcher rebbe is the messiah:
Many Chabad soldiers who proudly sport a Yechi Yarmulke asked Rabbi Sholom Dov Wolpo what should be done, and he responded: "Since it is a decree which goes against the religion and conscience of the soldiers, it doesn't make sense that a Jewish soldier should listen to it . . Therefore it is clear that according to Halacha it is prohibited to follow this directive, and soldiers should be ready to go do jail for disobeying"
Earlier this week, the IDF reiterated its ban on all slogans of any kind or writing of any kind on yarmulkes, specifically mentioning that Chabad Yechi yarmulkes are also banned.
Wolpo (also spelled Wolpe, Volpe, and Volpo) does not work for Chabad. But he is a Chabadnik and is perhaps the most popular rabbi on the Israeli Chabad street.
The majority of Chabad adherents in Israel are believed to be affiliated with Chabad's messianst wing.
Related Post: IDF Bans Yechi Yarmulkes.