Rabbi Dov Lior, Rav of Chevron and Kiryat Arba,has issued a Halachic ruling forbidding the hiring of, and renting of homes to Arabs anywhere in Israel. In an interview with Rabbi Lior in this weeks' "Eretz Yisroel Shelanu" newsletter, he states: "Being that we are dealing with a very obvious life threatening issue, as is clarified in the Halacha, it is absolutely forbidden to rent homes to Arabs, and forbidden to employ them. This pertains not only to yeshivos but includes hotels, factories, etc. This is particularly imperative in the light of the halachic injunction that "the poor of your city precede the poor of other cities".
Rabbi Lior offers an explanation for the irrational behavior of our political leaders: as our Rabbis state-the ingesting of non-kosher food causes befuddled thinking. We are under the rule of the Erev Rav. Being so close to the Geulah, we are witnessing a re-run of the sin of the spies who wished to reject Eretz Yisroel.
Rabbi Lior justifies not allowing PM Ehud Olmert to pay a condolence visit to Yeshivas Merkaz HaRav. "How can one host someone who acts in defiance to our holy Torah and continues to endanger the Jewish nation? Is it possible to honor such a person? Until this very moment he has not expressed one iota of remorse for all he done, and he is planning more of the same. Meanwhile they are unable to carry out their plot, but they strive towards it. Therefore it was proper not to have him visit at the yeshiva."
Rabbi Lior also commented on the halachic ruling that one may shoot into a populated area and possibly harm innocent bystanders. "There is no Jewish law that states that we must take 'innocent bystanders' into consideration during a war. We act out of defense, and therefore there is no problem. Obviously if we must stop the terrorist shootings, we are allowed to strike at innocent bystanders, if there is no other alternative."
Rabbi Lior attacked those Rabbis that didn't listen to the ruling of Rabbi Avraham Shapiro that one must not take part in the disengagement. If they would have followed the ruling of Rabbi Shapira and (yibodel l'chaim) Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu, and ruled that one must refuse to participate in the disengagement, it is possible that the disengagement would not have happened. Unfortunately, so called "Rabbonim" ruled otherwise, and we are paying the steep price for this to this very day. "Those who take the advice of the Elders do not stumble".
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