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New York - RCA: Edict By Rabbis To Ban Rental of Property to non-Jews in Israel Wrong

Published on: December 14, 2010 06:15 PM
By: RCA Presss Release
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New York - The Rabbinical Council of America places great value on the judicious balancing of halachic and ethical principles of policy and action. The brilliance of the halachic tradition lies in its ability to affirm the Torah and rabbinic teachings of past generations, in a way which elevates and ennobles contemporary life, while bringing honor and respect to the Torah. This requires a special sensitivity to societal realities, widely-held ethical principles, and historical injustices. This is true no matter the particular circumstances that might militate in favor of policies or actions intended to protect a narrow community concern or interest.

For this reason, the Rabbinical Council of America finds the recent statement by certain rabbinic leaders in Tsfat, Israel, regarding rental and sale of residences to non-Jews, to be objectionable. The halachic issues at hand are indeed complex, and we are surely sympathetic to the impulse to protect a Jewish community in the face of intermarriage, communal conflict, or unsafe neighborhoods. We are also mindful of the need to respect the halachic and policy rulings of rabbis in other countries and specific locales, given their general familiarity with the facts on the ground.

In spite of all of these considerations, we find it necessary to express our views from afar insofar as the statement in question affects not just Jewish communities in Israel, but communities in North America as well. In addition many rabbis across Israel whom we hold in high regard have spoken out in opposition to the statement.

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It is our view that in spite of the concerns of the authors of the statement, it is wrong and unacceptable to advocate blanket exclusionary policies directed against minorities of other faiths or ethnic groups. Of all people, Jews should know that such practices are beyond the pale, having ourselves suffered from them in the past. This is especially so, when as in the statement issued by the rabbis in question, the halachic sources and arguments are a matter of debate, and even disagreement. And even were that not the case, it is not at all clear that the principles in question would apply in the State of Israel in the 21st Century.

We thus respectfully call upon the authors of the statement in question to reconsider their position, in the interest of communal harmony, societal peace, and the public sanctification of God’s name, which are as always the hallmarks of the Torah way of life.


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 Dec 14, 2010 at 07:36 PM Anonymous Says:

Are these rabbonim in Sfad "tone deaf" or deliberately seeking to provoke a conflict with the arabs living in EY. Even the so called "gadolim" in EY have said they are wrong on their position but they have yet to withdraw their statement. Its bad enough when we have to deal with ignorance on the part of the goyim but this astonishing display of ignorance by the rabbonim in Sfad is beyond belief.

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 Dec 14, 2010 at 07:48 PM Barsechel Says:

As I said before I say again
Let us frame this issue properly. The Arabs are executing -yes! killing - anyone who sells land to Jews. Neither the U.S. nor the EU nor the UN are doing anything about this. The Arabs are forever inciting their people to kill Jews. Read the local Arab papers! There is a war going on in Israel so why should Jews rent appartments to Arabs? so that another Hebrew University massacre can happen?
We must face the truth which is that we have for the moment a mortal enemy within us growing like a cancer and unless we do something about it we will die.
When the Arabs will publicly acknowledge our right to Israel and will publicly in Arabic say that they want to live with us in peace and when the Arabs will tell their citizens in Arabic that it is NOT OK TO KILL JEWS then we can rent them apartments.
Only stupid people will call this discrimination. Is it discriminatory to protect the lives of your family?
Wake up stupid "romantic dreamers" and read the map the way it is.

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 Dec 14, 2010 at 08:26 PM Anonymous Says:

There are several rabbis that are members of RCA that supported and promoted tthe Onslow Arafat so called peace process.Why didnt they condem them?

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 Dec 14, 2010 at 08:32 PM yosher Says:

There are halachos of kibbush ha-aretz, etc in the Torah. There are countless Rabbonim gedolim b'h in Israel to debate and adjudicate theser laws. The RCA should stay out of where they have no jurisdiction nor competence and address the failing, assimilating American Kehillah over which they would like to preside.

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 Dec 14, 2010 at 10:11 PM Chaim Says:

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yosher Says:

There are halachos of kibbush ha-aretz, etc in the Torah. There are countless Rabbonim gedolim b'h in Israel to debate and adjudicate theser laws. The RCA should stay out of where they have no jurisdiction nor competence and address the failing, assimilating American Kehillah over which they would like to preside.

All the senior gedolim including R"Eliyashiv and R Yosef came out against it - so how do you condemn the RCA?

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 Dec 14, 2010 at 10:52 PM theamerican Says:

interesting to note how the modern orthodox rabbis in america aligned with the haredi ones in eretz yisrael.

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 Dec 14, 2010 at 11:26 PM rebbe Says:

why in williamsburg there is a ban from rebbes to rent to artistin but in israel you force jews to rent to arabs im sure if you lived in eretz hakodesh you wouldnt want your upstairs neighbor to rent the apartment to a nice arab family

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 Dec 14, 2010 at 11:43 PM charliehall Says:

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theamerican Says:

interesting to note how the modern orthodox rabbis in america aligned with the haredi ones in eretz yisrael.

Several Dati Leumi gedolim also have spoken out against the ban, including Rav Ariel, Rav Druckman, and most notably Rav Lichtenstein. Rav Lichtenstein in particular has enormous influence within the RCA as he is the most important talmid of Rav Soloveitchik z'tz'l in addition to being The Rav's son-in-law.

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 Dec 15, 2010 at 07:40 AM cowfy Says:

i remember the rca at one time was more of a kick -ss org.to bad.i guess each org. has its POLITICAL diffrences.charlie why dont you move to the cool section of harlem or the bronx.those folks dont hate us cause we're jewish.go on.or arab cousins are thirsty for our blood you fools.of course we shouldnt braodcast seemingly racist moves but to jump on the "me also" bandwagon decrying these rabbonim who just have our safety in mind with there opinion, is under all criticism.

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 Dec 15, 2010 at 07:50 AM theamerican Says:

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charliehall Says:

Several Dati Leumi gedolim also have spoken out against the ban, including Rav Ariel, Rav Druckman, and most notably Rav Lichtenstein. Rav Lichtenstein in particular has enormous influence within the RCA as he is the most important talmid of Rav Soloveitchik z'tz'l in addition to being The Rav's son-in-law.

true but it was the haredim that originaly voiced opposition

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 Dec 15, 2010 at 08:52 AM charliehall Says:

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cowfy Says:

i remember the rca at one time was more of a kick -ss org.to bad.i guess each org. has its POLITICAL diffrences.charlie why dont you move to the cool section of harlem or the bronx.those folks dont hate us cause we're jewish.go on.or arab cousins are thirsty for our blood you fools.of course we shouldnt braodcast seemingly racist moves but to jump on the "me also" bandwagon decrying these rabbonim who just have our safety in mind with there opinion, is under all criticism.

Uh, I do live in the Bronx.

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 Dec 15, 2010 at 10:29 AM clear-thinker Says:

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charliehall Says:

Uh, I do live in the Bronx.

Charlie I agree with your views here. However, most residents of Riverdale do not consider themselves to live in a cool section of the Bronx.

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 Dec 15, 2010 at 12:13 PM Anonymous Says:

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rebbe Says:

why in williamsburg there is a ban from rebbes to rent to artistin but in israel you force jews to rent to arabs im sure if you lived in eretz hakodesh you wouldnt want your upstairs neighbor to rent the apartment to a nice arab family

If that's the case, then they're advising you to break the law.

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 Dec 15, 2010 at 01:33 PM apple0 Says:

this is another aspect of the overall conflict and we would be foolish to ignore it. But there is such a thing as discretion. We shouldn't appear less tolerant than other cultures. Whatever happened to 'Ein megalin ello litznuim?

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 Dec 16, 2010 at 11:45 AM cowfy Says:

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charliehall Says:

Uh, I do live in the Bronx.

i'm sure.you guys call washington heights amsterdam ave and all that bronx.ho ho ho!thats not the bronx.the real bronx is a war zone on the other side of the river.

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