Jerusalem - Sephardic Rabbi: Desecration Of Shabbos Caused Parking Garage Disaster
Jerusalem - An outspoken Israel rabbi whose pronouncements have often been the subject of controversy said that desecration of the Sabbath is to blame for last week’s deadly parking garage collapse in Tel Aviv that took the lives of six people.
As previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2cmLrB4), more than 20 were injured in the accident which took place at a construction site in northern Tel Aviv.
Rabbi Meir Mazuz, a well known figure in the Sephardic community and the head of Yeshiva Kisse Rahamim, made his remarks during a lecture in Bnei Brak last night, as reported by Ynet News.
“What happened, the disaster this week, nothing like this ever happens,” said Rabbi Mazuz. “There are engineers. There are smart people. There are inspectors. And dozens of people are buried underground. It all comes because they disrespect Shabbat.”
In his remarks, Rabbi Mazuz singled out Israel’s highest ranking elected official.
“Running away from Shabbat is the largest mistake in the world…prime ministers need to understand that the Shabbat will not forgive…the Almighty gave us a good gift, the Shabbat. You must not harm the Shabbat.”
The explosion of the Amos 6 satellite was also caused by a lack of adherence to the laws of Shabbos, noted Rabbi Mazuz who observed that the earlier launch of the Amos 2 satellite had been successful because it involved no desecration of the Sabbath.
“Hundreds of millions of dollars were invested in it,” said Rabbi Mazuz. “They just started to launch it [and Amos 6] exploded. Why? Because the other was done while observing the Shabbat and this one was not.”
The Mazuz camp sought to soften the remarks after they were delivered, saying that Rabbi Mazuz had been addressing state sponsored actions that violated the laws of Shabbos and not those performed by individuals.
Rabbi Mazuz, the spiritual leader of the Yachad party, is not one to shy away from controversy. In the past he has encouraged Israeli soldiers to disobey orders to evacuate settlements, asked for leniency for those who don’t pay taxes because they have dedicated their lives to Torah study and proclaimed that Sephardic Jews were largely spared during the Holocaust because of their adherence to a Torah lifestyle.
Rabbi Mazuz also blamed last year’s deaths last year of Eitam and Naama Henkin in a drive by terror attack on Jerusalem’s gay pride parade according to Israeli news site Walla.
“This pride march, what pride is there in going against nature?” asked Rabbi Mazuz at the shloshim for the young Israeli couple held at the Ramada Jerusalem hotel. “Pride to wage war against God? For this the punishment came.”
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