Friday, June 12, 2009

Fwd: Kiruv Campaign against the Sin of the Miraglim. This Sin of the Spies is alive and thriving in our generation. Silence of Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah regarding Judea and Samaria



Attention: Askanim at Arachim, Aish Hatorah, Ohr Sameach (via their website), Hakhel, Irgun Shiurei Torah, Aaron Mandel

Hundreds of thousands of Jews are reached through your Outreach.  'Will we disregard our Covenant with Hashem and the threat our Brothers and Sister in Judea and Samaria are facing.  Will we be able to look ourselves in the mirror and enjoy peace in our homes if a similar scenario to Gush Katif happens to those in Judea and Samaria?

As key educators bringing the messages of our Rabbanim to the masses, please be aware of some of the concerns that many have.

There is a strong activist movement that is increasingly growing disillusioned with the Gedolei Hador because they are not speaking out publicly for Torah in the face of a Chillul Hashem which is the message of President Obama's speech. . 

It appears as if the Gedoilim have abandoned their brothers and sisters in Judea and Samaria and are turning a blind eye to the very real  threat facing all of Israel. 

KIryat Sefer and Matisyahoo , Chareidi communities are feeling the threat as well.  Their communities have a freeze on natural growth just like the communities in Judea and Samaria.

A painful lesson of the Holocaust is that evil and its associated terror face all of those that were silent when their brothers and sisters were facing this same evil.  Silence is not inactive or benign.  It merely allows growth of the cancer to spread. This silence enables evil to gain in momentum and eventually succeed in striking those  that naively and mistakenly felt secure while their brothers and sisters homes and lives were methodically destroyed under the pretense of democracy, good faith, and false promises.   

There are various ways to fight Obama's administration and their determination to establish a Palestinian State.  It is no secret that Hamas and the Palestinian Authority find much kinship with Nazi Germany.  That is the evil that is behind the mask called the Roadmap.

 It's the short long road that we must take to challenge Obama effectively and the evil Roadmap rather than taking the longer short road.  The short long road is taking the time to  unite all Jews before protesting the Obama Administration.  The strategy for uniting Am Yisroel is to first enlist the support and partnership with the Torah believers and then via outreach the secular and unaffiliated Jew. In this point in time, rather than fight Obama, etc. we must face our own brothers and sisters square on, and win the internal battle of fighting the Sin of the Spies also known as the Chait Hamiraglim from our midst leading the Nation astray.

The Torah Portion read in  Eretz Yisroel;. this week is Parshat Shlach, the Parsha which speaks of the Sin of the spies.   In the Diaspora this Torah Portion is read next week.

In order to fight this internal  battle against the Sin of the  Miraglim we are calling upon the religious Jewish Print Media who pride themselves on broadcasting the message of the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah as well as the major Jewish organizations,

A  fear has gripped those that subscribe to the Rabbinic tradition to be in any way critical of the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah.  Yet, the Moetzes have, by their silence and misplaced humility, enabled those who promote a Palestinian Statehood accomplish this nefarious goal.  The religious Jewish Papers are continuously choosing to empower the Gedoilim and treat them with awe which in turn keeps the grip these leaders have on the masses very tight.  The religious Jewish Media will not report any material that would reflect negatively on their leadership.  AFter all they have been told that this constitutes Lashon Hara and shows a lack of Emunas Chachamim.

This in turn, has translated into a Jewish Nation being paralyzed from asserting our Jewish Identity based on the Torah out of fear of losing the good graces of the powerful key leaders who dictate what constitutes "Daas Torah". 

Apparently "Daas Torah"  does not see that addressing the situation facing Judea and Samaria as noteworthy of our public attention in any concrete form and their sage council is that the only  effective thing to do is prayer and teaching and learning Torah continually. (Tefillah,  Lilmod Ulelameid) There is no public recognition that in order to keep, do and observe the Mitzvoth of the Torah in its fullest (Lishmor, Laasos Ulekayeim)  and  minimally for Mitzvoth Telyot Baaretz, we require the physical Land of Israel.

Those that determine what is "Daas Torah" are the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah.

We implore you, the Religious Jewish Radio  Media to be the voice of Judea and Samaria and the 300,000 residents who live there, to lobby the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah to end their Silence and use your medium, the radio and your wide listening audiences to do so.  Please ask  your listeners to call the members of the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah and speak to  Rabbanim who have influence with the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah, and to call the Agudath Yisroel of America and each of the Rabbanim or spokespeople of the Moetzes individually if they have their contact information.  Plead with them to speak out for our Covenant with Avraham, Yitzchok and Yaakov and about our entitlement to Eretz Yisroel as an everlasting inheritance.  They can be mezakeh the Rabim to yearn and love Eretz Yisroel and to be metaken the Chait Hamiraglim.

Yasher Koach to Yishai Fleisher, Tovia Singer, and Tamar Yona for doing so much and we encourage them to continue to do as much as  possilbe in this regard.

Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah

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The Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah (also abbreviated as Moetzes or The Moetzes) מועצת גדולי התורה ("Council of [great] Torah Sages") is the name for the councils that are the supreme rabbinical policy-making bodies of the two Ashkenazi Haredi political groups in Israel, Degel HaTorah and Agudat Israel, and for the social and political group in the United States that serves as the highest ranking rabbinic policy board of the Agudath Israel organization. In Israel, the Moetzet Chachmei HaTorah speaks for most Haredi Sephardi Jews.

Those rabbis who are on the Moetzet are usually the most important rosh yeshivas ("heads") of yeshivas as well as Hasidic Rebbes who are also regarded as the Gedolim ("great/est") sages of Torah Judaism.



[edit] In Europe

Prior to World War Two, there was only one such body, serving the World Agudath Israel organization in Europe.

[edit] In Israel

Prior to Degel HaTorah's break from Agudat Israel (because of the dominance of the Hasidic groups), there was only one Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah in Israel; with the breakaway (led by Rabbi Elazar Shach), two separate, yet at times complementary, Moetzes's were created.

The Haredi Sephardi Jews of Israel had also at one time followed the leadership of Agudat Israel when it was still a body that spoke for most of Israel's Haredim. However, with Rabbi Shach's assistance, the Haredi Sefardim broke with their Ashkenazi counterparts and established the Moetzet Chachmei HaTorah ("Council of [wise] Torah Sages") that in turn became the source for the formulation and expression of the policies and agenda of the Shas political party in the Israeli Knesset. Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef would become the main leadership figure of this council.

[edit] Past members

This list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it.
Rabbi Isser Zalman Meltzer (Chairman)
Rabbi Zalman Sorotzkin (Chairman)
Rabbi Avraham Mordechai Alter (Chairman)
Rabbi Yisrael Alter (Chairman)
Rabbi Simcha Bunim Alter (Chairman)
Rabbi Pinchas Menachem Alter (Chairman)
Rabbi Elazar Menachem Shach
Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach
Rabbi Boruch Shimon Schneerson
Rabbi Yisroel Don Taub
Rabbi Avrohom Yehoshua Heshl Twerski
Rabbi Binyamin Zilber

[edit] Current members belonging to Agudath Israel

Rabbi Yaakov Aryeh Alter, the Rebbe of Ger (Hasidic dynasty) (Chairman)
Rabbi Yissachar Dov Rokeach (II), the Rebbe of Belz (Hasidic dynasty)
Rabbi Moshe Yehoshua Hager, the Rebbe of Vizhnitz (Hasidic dynasty)
Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Horowitz, the Rebbe of Boston (Hasidic dynasty)
Rabbi Avrohom Yaakov Friedman, the Rebbe of Sadigura (Hasidic dynasty)
Rabbi Chaim Shaul Taub, the Rebbe of Modzitz (Hasidic dynasty)
Rabbi Yochanan Sofer, the Rebbe of Erlau

[edit] Current members belonging to Degel HaTorah

Rabbi Yosef Shalom Eliashiv (Co-Chairman)
Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman, the Rosh Yeshiva of the Ponevezh Yeshiva (Co-Chairman)
Rabbi Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz, the Rosh Yeshiva of the Ponevezh Yeshiva
Rabbi Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg, the Rosh Yeshiva of the yeshiva Torah Ore
Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach, the Rosh Yeshiva of the Maalos HaTorah yeshiva
Rabbi Nosson Tzvi Finkel (Mir), the Rosh Yeshiva of the Mir yeshiva (Jerusalem)
Rabbi Gershon Edelstein, the Rosh Yeshiva of the Ponevezh Yeshiva
Rabbi Meir Tzvi Bergman, the Rosh Yeshiva of the Yeshiva Rashbi

[edit] In the United States

In the United States, Agudah's policies and leadership are directed by the council, which is comprised primarily of rosh yeshivas and Hasidic rebbes. Formerly known as the Moetzes Chachmei HaTorah, the body was started in 1941. It sets all major policies and guides the organization according to its precepts of Da'as Torah.

[edit] Past members

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Rabbi Aharon Kotler (Chairman)
Rabbi Moshe Feinstein
Rabbi Yaakov Kamenetsky
Rabbi Gedalia Schorr
Rabbi Yaakov Yitzchok Ruderman
Rabbi Mordechai Gifter
Rabbi Yitzchak Hutner
Rabbi Baruch Sorotzkin
Rabbi Mordechai Shlomo Friedman of Boyan
Rabbi Yisrael Spira of Bluzhev
Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik[1]
Rabbi Eliezer Silver[1]
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Zacks[1]
Rabbi Elya Svei

[edit] Current members

Rabbi Simcha Bunim Ehrenfeld
Rabbi Yitzchok Feigelstock
Rabbi Dovid Feinstein
Rabbi Aharon Feldman
Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Horowitz
Rabbi Shmuel Kamenetsky
Rabbi Aryeh Malkiel Kotler
Rabbi Avrohom Chaim Levine
Rabbi Yaakov Perlow (Chairman)
Chacham Yosef Harari Raful
Rabbi Aaron Schechter
Rena Cohen from Tsfat writes

I was listening to two radio programs very early yesterday morning Israel time.  They were both from the US
and both had a very interesting guest host who happened to be a Roman Catholic.  Here is some of what
he too said..
Do not be silent as the world decides to cut you loose and sacrifice you to another holocaust.  In the 1930
so many Jewish orgs and people did nothing to stop Hitler as the Jews refused to stand up.  Only after WWII
did they stand up and say never again.  Now we stand at the edge of another holocaust.  The mullahs in Iran
all say the same thing: Israel must be wiped off from the map.  In all Moslem countries 60 - 80 % of the people
say yes to wiping Israel off the map.  Not only is Iran planning this but the Moslem world agrees.
But what is the Jewish world doing?  Nothing much that I can hear of over here except for those of us who see
the danger and are trying to alert the rest of the Jewish world to wake up.  But will they in time?  Only HaShem
knows and let's hope that they do.  And then yesterday with all of this bubbling in my little head, the attack at
the Holocaust Museum in Washington.  Another message but will we hear it?
All the best,
Rena Cohen
In Tsfat.

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