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