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Jerusalem - Committee: Shas Must Remove Rabbi's Blessings Option From App

Published on: January 3, 2013 06:24 PM
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Jerusalem - Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef may no longer bless his adherents via smartphone, the Central Election Committee ruled on Thursday.

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On Sunday, Shas unveiled the app – called Maran Shelita, a Hebrew acronym for “the great rabbi, who should live a good and long life” – which can be used to request blessings from Yosef.

The Maran Shelita app does not condition blessings from Yosef on voting for Shas. However, the religious freedom NGO Hiddush demanded that Central Election Committee chairman Justice Elyakim Rubinstein investigate whether the application breaks the Election Law, which forbids the use of blessings, talismans and curses in campaigns.

Shas would not comment on the matter.


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 Jan 03, 2013 at 06:42 PM Reb Yid Says:

Apparently the law prohibits brachos, but allows anti-Semites to run.

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 Jan 03, 2013 at 06:47 PM Anonymous Says:

This whole meshugaas of "selling barochos for votes" make Yosef look more like just another political hack than a respected rav. He should acknowledge that this was some askan's really bad idea and pledge to stay away from politics going forward.

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 Jan 03, 2013 at 08:03 PM pickythinker Says:

This is crazy rabbonim sholdn't be campaigning it just lowers their image of being a moral compass.

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 Jan 03, 2013 at 08:25 PM Yechi Says:

How can there be such and APP?

Have not the gedolim ruled that a smartphone is oiser, in fact it is Hareg val yavoir?

Is it possible this is aL'ifney Eiver isuue.

I am lost ,what should I do?

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 Jan 03, 2013 at 09:32 PM greuv Says:

I thought smart phones weren't permitted. Oh, sorry, just for the "lower level".

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 Jan 03, 2013 at 10:58 PM Not_just_that___ Says:

Oy lachem mezalzel talmidei chachamim

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 Jan 04, 2013 at 09:17 AM RobertS Says:

The people who would seek blessings would vote for him anyway. Why ban blessings from campaigns?

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 Jan 04, 2013 at 09:34 AM Chachom Says:

Reply to #4  
Yechi Says:

How can there be such and APP?

Have not the gedolim ruled that a smartphone is oiser, in fact it is Hareg val yavoir?

Is it possible this is aL'ifney Eiver isuue.

I am lost ,what should I do?

Since when is haRav Ovadia tied to statements that come out of Bnei Brak?! He was a posek long before any of those ... were still born!

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 Jan 04, 2013 at 10:03 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
Not_just_that___ Says:

Oy lachem mezalzel talmidei chachamim

And "oy" to those "talmidei chachamim" who devalue their leadership roles in the tzibur buy engaging in cheap political pandering.

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