Monday, March 12, 2018

rabbi Azriel Auerbach opposed his brother's demonstations


The Jerusalem Faction announced on Wednesday night that it will be staging its first demonstration since Shmuel Auerbach’s death last month, following the arrest of a yeshiva student associated with the group for failing to cooperate with the IDF to obtain his military service exemption.   

But in a recording obtained by the Haredi Line news service, Azriel Auerbach said he has always been against the frequent demonstrations staged by the Jerusalem Faction and that he does not believe yeshiva students should fight with the police. 

The recording is particularly embarrassing for the Jerusalem Faction since Azriel Auerbach is Shmuel Auerbach’s brother but was recently named as one of the four leading rabbis of the group’s new Council of Sages of the Torah World, the rabbinic body that has supposedly taken up the mantle of leadership from Shmuel Auerbach. 

“I, from the beginning, was against all these demonstrations,” said Azriel Auerbach genially. 

“I don’t think that its good for the yeshiva students, for sure I was not of the same opinion as Reb Shmuel for whom the fire burned inside of him,” he continued with a chuckle.

“From the beginning of the journey I was not in favor, I told them that I do agree to do [demonstrations] in front of the prisons and study, [The protesters have a good point], but in the streets?” the rabbi questioned. 

“The clashes begin, we don’t need yeshiva students fighting with the police,” he concluded in a disapproving tone of voice. 


  1. See
    “The truncated committee meeting voted 3-1 to approve the bill, drawn up by Shas MK Yoav Ben Tzur. Approval by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation guarantees a bill government support, and obligates all coalition members to back the bill in the Knesset plenum. Ben Tzur’s draft bill aims to protect existing draft deferments, renewable annually and with no limitation, for full-time yeshiva students, by enshrining Torah study as a national value. The bill would amend Israel’s Basic Laws, thus circumventing Supreme Court rulings against the deferments.”
    Bravo, such a bill would indeed be wonderful. “But you must be very strong and resolute to observe faithfully all the Teaching that My servant Moses enjoined upon you. Do not deviate from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Let not this Book of the Teaching cease from your lips, but recite it day and night, so that you may observe faithfully all that is written in it. Only then will you prosper in your undertakings and only then will you be successful” (Joshua 1:7-8).
    NYS needs a bill to enshrine as a state-wide value for the NYS Court of Appeals: “You shall appoint magistrates and officials for your tribes, in all the settlements that the Lord your God is giving you, and they shall govern the people with due justice. You shall not judge unfairly: you shall show no partiality; you shall not take bribes, for bribes blind the eyes of the discerning and upset the plea of the just. Justice, justice shall you pursue, that you may thrive and occupy the land that the Lord your God is giving you" (Deuteronomy 16:18-20).
    This means that the NYS Court of Appeals must hear complaints from victims of lower court criminality.
    The NYS Commission on Judicial Conduct tells me that my complaint went before the Commission about 2 weeks ago.

  2. The more they protest, they more they display their hypocrisy. They can't go to the army because their Torah study is the true protection for the State (not, coincidentally, the Torah study of the Hesder boys who both learn and go to the army). But the minute their lifestyle is threatened, that Torah study is abandoned and it's out into the streets they go!

  3. I wonder if they learn on Xmas eve? Or is that also games night?

  4. Does this faction still exist?


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