“It’s no wonder [a group of leading hasidic rebbes is] traveling abroad [to the US] to influence others since sadly, at home no one is willing to listen to what we have to say. Perhaps after the impact of this historic trip is felt, the influence from there will be felt here.”
Rabbi Menachem Eliezer Moses
No One In Israel Listens To Haredi Leaders, Haredi MK Says
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
A group of major hasidic rebbes from Israel is planning on traveling to the United States to lobby against the haredi draft and against the Israeli government’s reduction in funding for haredi yeshivas.
But why travel all the way to the US to demonstrate against the Israeli government?
“It’s no wonder they are traveling abroad to influence others since sadly, at home no one is willing to listen to what we have to say. Perhaps after the impact of this historic trip is felt, the influence from there will be felt here,” Member of Knesset Rabbi Menachem Eliezer Moses from the Ashkenazi haredi United Torah Judaism Party reportedly said.
Meanwhile, Agudath Israel of America, which is supposed to be hosting the rebbes, is in disarray over planning for the event, with many Agudah figures reportedly advocating that the rebbes’ trip, which is supposed to take place soon, be delayed until the weather is warmer in late spring – an indication, perhaps, that besides the logistical nightmares involved in planning a rally for tens of thousands of people on short notice in the New York winter, just as “no one” is listening to the rebbes in Israel, few will listen to them in the US, either.