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Tel Aviv - Metzger: Secular's Protest Against Chabad Neighbors Testimony of Success

Published on: June 7, 2010 05:20 PM
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Religious boy observes a secular rally June 7 2010 in front of Chabad house at Ramat Aviv(Photo: Amir Levy)Religious boy observes a secular rally June 7 2010 in front of Chabad house at Ramat Aviv(Photo: Amir Levy)

Tel Aviv, Israel - Hundreds of secular residents of Tel Aviv’s posh northern neighborhood protested their new ultra-Orthodox neighbors. The residents, some of them city council members, gathered in a mall waving signs that said, “down with the haredi mission” and “Ramat Aviv is free”.

Haredim also gathered at the spot, and police formed a barrier between the two groups.

At an event Thursday at Chabad’s annual leadership conference, Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger expressed his support for Chabad’s activities in Ramat Aviv and criticized the methods used against the group by the Tel Aviv neighborhood’s secular campaign.

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During his speech, Metzger, himself a resident of north Tel Aviv, complimented the organization’s activists, saying that the highly publicized conflict in Ramat Aviv is “the biggest compliment testifying to the success of the (Chabad) activities.”

The chief rabbi also revealed at the event that a secular businessman living in the neighborhood told him that he started receiving threats from his neighbors asserting that should he fail to cut off his support for the local Chabad House, they would damage his income, and even detailed how they intended to do so in an email sent to him.

According to Metzger, “In Ramat Aviv, there is a fear of becoming religious… This instance is proof of the inadequacy of those making the threats.”

The conference of the Hasidei Chabad, led by Rabbi Yossef Yitzhak Aharonov was held at The Avenue in the Airport City. It was attended by Tel Aviv’s Chief Rabbi Meir Lau and Knesset members Avi Dichter, Ofir Akonis, Zevulun Orlev, and Othniel Schneller. Many businessmen and professionals also attended the conference and gave tips and tools for proper management practices.


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 Jun 07, 2010 at 06:25 PM Snag Says:

"Religious boy observes a secular rally "

But which religion?

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 Jun 07, 2010 at 08:01 PM Anonymous Says:

Let's keep the achdus going don't have to agree with others but respect them and love them for being acheinu bnei yisroel

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 Jun 07, 2010 at 10:07 PM bigwheeel Says:

Reply to #1  
Snag Says:

"Religious boy observes a secular rally "

But which religion?

You don't deserve an answer. And you're not getting one. But we know where you hail from

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 Jun 07, 2010 at 10:45 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

Let's keep the achdus going don't have to agree with others but respect them and love them for being acheinu bnei yisroel

I presume you are referring to the secular protesters. As for the boy in the picture, from the slogan on his head it appears that he is not from "acheinu bnei yisroel."

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 Jun 07, 2010 at 11:20 PM Message on yarmalka Says:

In the photo, the yarmalka - what is written on it? Please don't tell me it's "Yechi"! That would be scary and frightening.

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 Jun 07, 2010 at 11:40 PM Anonymous Says:

All of a sudden Lubavitch is "our brothers" again? Yasher koach. Let's keep the achdus going. Maybe we'll have a positive impression on the "snag" from comment 1.

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 Jun 08, 2010 at 12:17 AM Anonymous Says:

Love the way seculars "protest" while chareidim "riot" according to the press.

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 Jun 08, 2010 at 01:11 AM tru jew from chabad Says:

that kipa does not represent chabad. i am sure the kid's father and grand father were on the other side of the barrier protesting againts the religious jews. let him go back accross the barriers.

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 Jun 08, 2010 at 01:58 AM Levi Huebner Says:

1 and 4, Insult and criticize behind anonymous names. If what your saying is true why do you hide like a coward? and if its not true shame on you! One day when your stuck in a strange country lets see which Yidden come to help you. The bigest suppporters of Lubuvitch in China are Satmar Chasidim who know they have a home away form home at Chabad.

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 Jun 08, 2010 at 05:42 AM Anonymous Says:

Out of those demonstrators, I wonder how many were bussed in from elsewhere (a known leftist trick) and where the count of 800 came from. More likely - 200 demonstrators, 150 of whom came from elsewhere for a free bus ride and free food.

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 Jun 08, 2010 at 05:58 AM yehudah Buehler Says:

If they are Messianists then I agree with the secular protesters. I daven in a Lubavitcher shul but not with Messianists/Yechi's.

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 Jun 08, 2010 at 06:41 AM cowfytalks Says:

Reply to #9  
Levi Huebner Says:

1 and 4, Insult and criticize behind anonymous names. If what your saying is true why do you hide like a coward? and if its not true shame on you! One day when your stuck in a strange country lets see which Yidden come to help you. The bigest suppporters of Lubuvitch in China are Satmar Chasidim who know they have a home away form home at Chabad.

on the point of anonymous listing of these previous listing.It may well be there afraid of castigation by there community.which unfortunatley is used as a weapon.thats not a valid point you state to brand anonymous opinion as cowardness.thats really called democracy not cowardness.

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 Jun 08, 2010 at 08:02 AM chabadnik Says:

What is halachically "wrong " about the words on his kipa? Did any one here even discuss its meaning with a lubavitcher??

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 Jun 08, 2010 at 08:09 AM lubab bt Says:

soooo we don't agree with it - most in chabad don't either but there is a heck of alot of those folks wearing them yechi kippas 'n all - I'd say its not as bad as it looks. Too many other issues abound - this should be our/your worst problem.
Think about it!

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 Jun 08, 2010 at 09:14 AM Anonymous Says:

The lack of willingness to understand Meschichistim by their totally ignorant detractors is staggering, oh and "tru jew from chabad" if you believe that bachur should go join the chilonim it is you that is clearly not part of Anash.

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 Jun 08, 2010 at 09:55 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
Anonymous Says:

Love the way seculars "protest" while chareidim "riot" according to the press.

" Love the way seculars "protest" while chareidim "riot" according to the press.”
So you think the damage, injuries and FIRES are MADE UP? How dumb are you. Yes, normal respectful people can protest. Stand around and spread their message. FANATICS are lunatics who pride themselves on inflicting damage. PERIOD.

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 Jun 08, 2010 at 10:07 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Snag Says:

"Religious boy observes a secular rally "

But which religion?

I'd rather have chilonim as neighbors than sick minded people like you, full of sinas chinam and thriving on machlokes. fell better.

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 Jun 08, 2010 at 11:37 AM Dems Be Babbies!! Says:

Reply to #13  
chabadnik Says:

What is halachically "wrong " about the words on his kipa? Did any one here even discuss its meaning with a lubavitcher??

while i understand what you are getting at, that chabad has long used this sentence, way before this last rebbe, it has now become the calling card of yechistim, especially when on yarlmukas. there is serious halchic issues with thinking a dead person is mashiach, no matter how many svoras a lubavitcher will tell you. it is the same arguments early christians, and j for j use to this day. it is a perversion of our mesorah! and i am sorry, but these kids are nebech brainwashed, and must be saved by true torah yidden! and dont bash me that im not for achdus, or that i am an anti semite, because this is a legitimate issue to take up.

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 Jun 08, 2010 at 01:08 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #18  
Dems Be Babbies!! Says:

while i understand what you are getting at, that chabad has long used this sentence, way before this last rebbe, it has now become the calling card of yechistim, especially when on yarlmukas. there is serious halchic issues with thinking a dead person is mashiach, no matter how many svoras a lubavitcher will tell you. it is the same arguments early christians, and j for j use to this day. it is a perversion of our mesorah! and i am sorry, but these kids are nebech brainwashed, and must be saved by true torah yidden! and dont bash me that im not for achdus, or that i am an anti semite, because this is a legitimate issue to take up.

You fools I was a litvak and actually became a Lubavitcher due to the sinah and anymosity displayed to chabad.. And I am also proud to believe the Rebbe is mashiach you can think otherwise but it is my personal opinion and nothing wrong al pi Halacha actually the Abarbanel says mashiach will pass away before he will reveal himself and to all those self hating chabad stop apologizing for those who thrive on sinah hate u regardless and will find other reasons let us raise the flag of ahavas yisroel

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 Jun 08, 2010 at 05:04 PM Milhouse Says:

Reply to #18  
Dems Be Babbies!! Says:

while i understand what you are getting at, that chabad has long used this sentence, way before this last rebbe, it has now become the calling card of yechistim, especially when on yarlmukas. there is serious halchic issues with thinking a dead person is mashiach, no matter how many svoras a lubavitcher will tell you. it is the same arguments early christians, and j for j use to this day. it is a perversion of our mesorah! and i am sorry, but these kids are nebech brainwashed, and must be saved by true torah yidden! and dont bash me that im not for achdus, or that i am an anti semite, because this is a legitimate issue to take up.

I don't know who you've been talking to, but Chabad did NOT use this slogan before 1992. However, there is NO halachic issue with thinking a dead person is moshiach. It may not be true, but there are lots of untrue things that a person may safely believe. Homeopathy, for instance, or that the earth is flat. You cannot find a single source in halacha that forbids it or condemns it. All you have is your own feeling that it's wrong. Well, that's not enough to justify your attack on those who feel otherwise. And if the early Xians had a similar belief, so what? Chazal seem to have had no problem with them, until they got taken over by antisemitic goyim.

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