Jerusalem - Leading Charedi Israeli Rabbi Says Dress Proudly as a Jew; Blames Violence on Temple Mount Visitors
Jerusalem - Despite the recent rash of terror attacks in Israel, the head of Jerusalem’s Eida Chareidis urged his followers not to make any attempt to hide their Jewish identity.
Speaking to his students, Rabbi Moshe Shternbuch stressed the importance of being dressed as a Torah observant Jew.
Rabbi Shternbuch recounted the story of Rabbi Moshe Schneider who during the second world war insisted on walking the streets of his hometown in his rabbinic dress. Despite the dangers involved, Rabbi Schneider grew his payos longer so that it would be apparent to all that he was a practicing Jew, as reported by Israeli news site Ynet.
“In this time when G-d’s presence is hidden, when thousands of Jews are being flung into the figurative furnace of fire, there are thousands that react in shock and ask ‘Where is G-d during this time?’, resulting in a chilul Hashem,” said Rabbi Shternbuch. “Therefore it is fitting to go about in public, dressed as a Jew, with a beard and with payos, as a public announcement that Chareidi Judaism is alive and well and that Jews are not embarrassed of their identity, but even more so, they are proud to display their heritage and their Judaism and to continue serving Hakadosh Baruch Hu.”
Rabbi Shternbuch also blamed the recent wave of attacks on those Jews who have gone up onto Har Habayis.
“That handful of people who go up on Har Habayis will be held accountable for this, because they are causing the Yishmaelim to kill Jews,” said Rabbi Shternbuch. “They are also causing this to become a religious war because Har Habayis is considered a holy place for the Arabs.”
At the nearby Diaspora Yeshiva located on Mt. Zion just outside the Old City, learning goes on, albeit with a hefty measure of caution.
“We have our fingers on the pulse of the situation, looking to the right and the left, and continuing on,” said a yeshiva spokesperson.
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