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Israel - History Made In The Knesset With Yaakov Litzman Sworn In As First Ashkenazi Minister Since 1952

Published on: September 2, 2015 11:46 AM
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Health Minister, Yaakov Litzman (L) with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after being sworn as a Health Minister in the plenum hall of the Knesset, the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem on September 2, 2015. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90 Health Minister, Yaakov Litzman (L) with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after being sworn as a Health Minister in the plenum hall of the Knesset, the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem on September 2, 2015. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Israel - On Wednesday, history was made in the Knesset when MK Yaakov Litzman was sworn in as Minister of Health, making him the first Charedi Ashkenazi Jew to hold a minister’s position in the Israeli government since 1952.

Litzman, chairman of Agudath Israel, was confirmed following an 83-10 vote, but his appointment was not without opposition.

Facing a decades-old policy that prevents Haredis from serving as minister without fully accepting the legitimacy of a non-religious Jewish state, the title of Deputy Minister has been traditionally been attached to those serving in government.

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Historically, Haredi deputy ministers operated essentially as ministers and without anyone bearing that title above them.

But in Litzman’s case, a motion was filed before the High Court by secularists Yesh Atid insisting that Litzaman either take the full title of minister or withdraw his name.

After upholding the motion, the High Court presented Litzman with the option, but UTJ’s Council of Torah Sages of Agudath Israel intervened and made an allowance for Litzman to become a full-fledged minister.

MK Merav Michaeli said in response to Litzman’s swearing in, “The appointment of Minister Litzman shows good progress of good governance and in the religious parties. I only wish that this progress will continue and that the next Knesset will step up and consider more Askenazi candidates”

Yesh Atid’s MK Ofer Shelah said in response to his party’s opposition of Litzman, “We are gathered to celebrate the obvious, that authority includes formal acceptance of responsibility, and self-evident that the role of the minister is similar to the position of Deputy Minister. So we went to court.”


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 Sep 02, 2015 at 11:50 AM Reb Yid Says:

Thanks to Yesh Atid, the govt now has to fork over a higher (minister's) salary to a guy who was willing to take a lower (deputy minister's) salary.

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 Sep 02, 2015 at 12:01 PM albroker Says:

why do ostensibly frum people give legitimacy to a state that tortures Jews and allows Jewish women to have children named Mohamed?

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 Sep 02, 2015 at 12:49 PM Secular Says:

Did he swear? On a Tanach?

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 Sep 02, 2015 at 12:56 PM Maven Says:

Another great Chilul Hashem when the world sees a frumer Yid is part of the government.

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 Sep 02, 2015 at 12:57 PM BarryLS1 Says:

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albroker Says:

why do ostensibly frum people give legitimacy to a state that tortures Jews and allows Jewish women to have children named Mohamed?

We live here. We have to make things as best as we can. It has nothing to do with the government. Maybe if the Chareidim took greater responsibility with the State from the beginning, you wouldn't have so much to complain about.

The bottom line in all of this, is the State is part of Hashem's plan that puts things in place leading to the final Geulah. You are not helping things staying where you are.

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 Sep 02, 2015 at 01:26 PM NeveAliza Says:

Reply to #2  
albroker Says:

why do ostensibly frum people give legitimacy to a state that tortures Jews and allows Jewish women to have children named Mohamed?

Litzman would not have done this without the approval of the Gedoli Torah of the Agudas Yisroel. So since this now becomes Daas Torah, we cannot question or second guess their decision.

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 Sep 02, 2015 at 01:32 PM Anonymous Says:

First Ashkenazi minister? The term simply means European Jew.

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 Sep 02, 2015 at 01:48 PM Anonymous Says:

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NeveAliza Says:

Litzman would not have done this without the approval of the Gedoli Torah of the Agudas Yisroel. So since this now becomes Daas Torah, we cannot question or second guess their decision.

Of course we can question.

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 Sep 02, 2015 at 02:01 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
albroker Says:

why do ostensibly frum people give legitimacy to a state that tortures Jews and allows Jewish women to have children named Mohamed?

Huh what kind of jews do they toture? Should they institute a bies din that stones ladies aho marry arabs? Whats your wise suggestion?

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 Sep 02, 2015 at 02:12 PM Anonymous Says:

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Maven Says:

Another great Chilul Hashem when the world sees a frumer Yid is part of the government.

It is a chillul hashem according to shitah of the satmar rebbe zatzal, but R' litzman does not follow it, and the opinion of agudas yisroel whom R' litzman follows did allow it, but what is a chillul hashem for secular Jews and non Jews is when we orthodox or as we are called ultra orthodox don't act the way we should in society, and that is what we should focus on, either to be carefull that we keep our houses and lawns clean, or that we dress in a proper manner, or that we deal with others with respect and honesty

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 Sep 02, 2015 at 02:49 PM Joshkela Says:

Reply to #2  
albroker Says:

why do ostensibly frum people give legitimacy to a state that tortures Jews and allows Jewish women to have children named Mohamed?

Think out of the "BOX"

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 Sep 02, 2015 at 02:59 PM albroker Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Huh what kind of jews do they toture? Should they institute a bies din that stones ladies aho marry arabs? Whats your wise suggestion?

Yaalon institututed a policy of "enhanced interrogation" for right wing Zionists that champion settling Yehudiya and Shomron commonly referred by anti-Semites as the West Bank. The reason Jewish women marry Arab men is bec. their secular "Zionist" education is bankrupt while the Arab men are proud of their K book, so it is Zionisms lack of a JEWISH education and Zionists allowing Arabs to teach their lehavdil religion that causes hundreds of Jewish women PER YEAR to marry Arab men. Why dont you see Arab women marrying Jewish men or converting bec. their leaders would not allow it, but Zionist "leaders" embrace it in the name of diversity and mutliculturalism. I hope Israel will last another generation with this "leadership" driving the bus.

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 Sep 02, 2015 at 03:12 PM PureSatmar Says:

Reply to #10  
Anonymous Says:

It is a chillul hashem according to shitah of the satmar rebbe zatzal, but R' litzman does not follow it, and the opinion of agudas yisroel whom R' litzman follows did allow it, but what is a chillul hashem for secular Jews and non Jews is when we orthodox or as we are called ultra orthodox don't act the way we should in society, and that is what we should focus on, either to be carefull that we keep our houses and lawns clean, or that we dress in a proper manner, or that we deal with others with respect and honesty

The ruling and stance of the Aguda is very simple,
"Put your mouth to
were the money is"

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 Sep 02, 2015 at 03:15 PM Anonymous Says:

What everyone seems to ignore is that he was approved 83-10, that is an incredibly high approval rating.

So, for all the morons who insist that he was doing a lousy job, it seems that people who have actually seen him in action fervently disagree with you.

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 Sep 02, 2015 at 03:23 PM PureSatmar Says:

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NeveAliza Says:

Litzman would not have done this without the approval of the Gedoli Torah of the Agudas Yisroel. So since this now becomes Daas Torah, we cannot question or second guess their decision.

Come on, you don't obey these Gedoilem on every matter, just disguising behind them when it comes to politics and the boundaries set by their ancestors are being stretched and removed all together!

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 Sep 02, 2015 at 07:31 PM LionofZion Says:

No wonder Yesh Atid is gaining support across the spectrum. Call Chareidim on it when they make a mockery of the Kneset, make them play by the rules and everyone wins. Yair Lapid is right about the army and working as well. His plan had Chareidi men serving for six months and then being allowed to hold legitimate jobs. Very reasonable. Who was opposed? You guessed it.

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 Sep 02, 2015 at 11:21 PM jack-l Says:

Reply to #2  
albroker Says:

why do ostensibly frum people give legitimacy to a state that tortures Jews and allows Jewish women to have children named Mohamed?

are you a reincarnation (gigul) of alter g ? sure smell the same

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 Sep 03, 2015 at 12:00 AM DanielBarbaz Says:

Reply to #12  
albroker Says:

Yaalon institututed a policy of "enhanced interrogation" for right wing Zionists that champion settling Yehudiya and Shomron commonly referred by anti-Semites as the West Bank. The reason Jewish women marry Arab men is bec. their secular "Zionist" education is bankrupt while the Arab men are proud of their K book, so it is Zionisms lack of a JEWISH education and Zionists allowing Arabs to teach their lehavdil religion that causes hundreds of Jewish women PER YEAR to marry Arab men. Why dont you see Arab women marrying Jewish men or converting bec. their leaders would not allow it, but Zionist "leaders" embrace it in the name of diversity and mutliculturalism. I hope Israel will last another generation with this "leadership" driving the bus.

My dear friend...have you nothing better to do during Elul that to try to stoke hatred between Jews? This is the time for each of us to search our souls and work on doing tshuvah.
Ketivah Vchatima Tova.

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 Sep 03, 2015 at 01:44 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #16  
LionofZion Says:

No wonder Yesh Atid is gaining support across the spectrum. Call Chareidim on it when they make a mockery of the Kneset, make them play by the rules and everyone wins. Yair Lapid is right about the army and working as well. His plan had Chareidi men serving for six months and then being allowed to hold legitimate jobs. Very reasonable. Who was opposed? You guessed it.

The slight problem with that plan is that they would have to violate all three cardinal sins to do so. Not to mention bittul Torah and having to risk their lives for the Zionists, without whom there would be no need for an army, as the holy Chazon Ish told, lihavdil, David BG. The Zionists chose to invade the land; they can also choose themselves for their army.

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 Sep 04, 2015 at 01:24 PM Anonymous Says:

The Report is inaccurate. Reb Biyamin Mintz, who was a Charedi Ashkenazi Jew from Poalei Agudath Israel held a minister’s position in the Israeli government throughout the 1950s (so that he could help the PAI Mosdot and klal Yisroe)l .and several Charedi Ashkenazi Jews from Mizrachi were ministers even decades later.

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 Sep 04, 2015 at 01:33 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
NeveAliza Says:

Litzman would not have done this without the approval of the Gedoli Torah of the Agudas Yisroel. So since this now becomes Daas Torah, we cannot question or second guess their decision.

You can certainly question why they changed theri mind now after more than 60 years of prohibiting their Knesst representatives of becoming a full minister (and ostracizing any frum jew who did so).

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