Rabbi David Yosef – one of the four members of Sefardi haredi Shas Party’s Council of Torah Sages and a son of its late head, Shas Party founder Rabbi Ovadia Yosef – ruled today that everyone with a valid gun license is obligated to carry a gun to and from synagogue this Shabbat.
Above: Rabbi David Yosef
Leading Sefardi Haredi Rabbi Rules Israeli Jews Must Bring Guns To Synagogue On Shabbat
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Rabbi David Yosef – one of the four members of Sefardi haredi Shas Party’s Council of Torah Sages and a son of its late head, Shas Party founder Rabbi Ovadia Yosef – ruled today that everyone with a valid gun license is obligated to carry a gun to and from synagogue this Shabbat, the Jerusalem Post reported.
Yosef lives in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem not far from the site of Tuesday’s gruesom terror attack that killed four haredi rabbis and one policeman.
Yosef also reportedly said that synagogue administrators should make sure that there is at least one charged cell phone available in each synagogue on Shabbat in case of emergency.
“In light of the current danger, I think that anyone who has a gun license should carry it [his gun] on Shabbat…There should also be a telephone available in synagogues... If the premises are big, then there should be two or three,” Yosef reportedly ruled during a radio interview aired today on the haredi Kol Barama Radio station.
“If there is even a one in a hundred chance that by doing a certain action someone might save a person’s life they are obligated to do so – so that we may live by God’s commandment’s, not die by them,” Yosef continued.
Normally, cellphones are forbidden on the Sabbath under Orthodox halakha (Jewish law) and cannot even be touched, let alone carried to and from synagogues. The same is true for guns.
Haredi leaders banned most cellphone use even on weekdays multiple times over the past three years, calling cellphones “impure” and “evil,” but Tuesday’s terror attack on haredi synagogue appears to have changed many of their minds.