Chacham Ovadiah Strongly Denounces “Yeshiva Hater” Lapid


chacham-ovadiah-yosefChacham Ovadia Yosef, head of the Shas party’s Moetzet Chachmei Hatorah, strongly denounced Yesh Atid party chairman Yair Lapid in his weekly drasha tonight.

Lapid “hates yeshivas,” said Chacham Ovadiah, adding that he is “disgraceful” for demanding that yeshiva bochurim be drafted into the army as a condition for his entering the Knesset coalition with Bibi Netanyahu.

Lapid wants for only 400 of the top talmidim in yeshivos to be exempt from military service, with everyone else having to serve in the IDF or at least performing national service.

{ Israel News Bureau}


  1. What a rasha Lapid is. As if yeshivas are some sort of Ivy League institution where brainy nerds study ancient Babylonian literature in depth…

  2. Response to Osher:

    You are a real genius. Graduates of Harvard, Princeton, and Yale have contributed nothing to this country?? No medical breakthroughs, no technology advances, no science discoveries??

    Gemorrah-kup yes. Common sense no.

  3. he is a shotah. well for many reasons but this time cuz we dont know who the top bochrim are because any time any bocher wants to shtieg he can put himself to it and do it soooooooooooooooo once again the rabbis are right. so mr. lapid try something else.

  4. Harbei shluchim laMokom. Gedolay yisroel of the past: Hagaonim umanhigei hador The Chazon Ish, The Brisker Rav, Horav Shach zichronom Livracha amongst many others saw the great sakana to the kiyum hatorah through such a law and they paskind yaharog ve’al yaavor. Who could possibly stand up against their psak. Just because we arent zoche for them to be with us their koach is as strong as ever. No one, from rabbi to politician will live to to put this gezeyra into effect. Bizmano Rabbeinu Horav Schach paskind that all yeshivos should shut their doors and every ben torah should try to leave the country, similar to what Yeshivas Volozin did. Stupid chilonim, they come and go, but our torah is chai vekayom lanetzach.

  5. #3: I’m afraid you missed my point. Yeshivos are institutions where we engage in the avodah of eisek haTorah. No one is potur from limud hatorah. Torah is not reserved for “top bochurim” or yehivaleit. Hence, Lapid’s proposal to limit draft exemptions to “top” bochurim is preposterous, because that’s not why we have yeshivos. I fail to understand the relevance of your comments about the benefits that Ivy Leaguers have brought to this country, although I surely understand what you mean in general, as both of my parents are Ivy League grads.

  6. I understand the anger against Yair Lapid’s father. But still, he went through a living Gehinnom in Europe that none of us should ever experience. I am all for the government giving money to the Yeshivos and Kollels while the other citizens of Israel fight in wars. I just do not think name calling and throwing dirt is an appropriate way of doing it.

  7. I love it! There hasn’t been so much action in quite a while! Hock galore! The oilam was mamesh fashlufen & now zi kochtzich! Gevaldig!

  8. #17,

    Tommy lapid’s history is irrelevant to us. Only Hashem can take it into account. Lapid was a rasha, period.

    You’re all for the tax of the Frum people being given to Yeshivos? OK, good for you.

    The wars? Who created the circumstances of needing these wars???

    Oh yeah, you don’t believe in dirt throwing. You did so yourself. Besides, Horav Ovadia Shelita did not throw dirt or call inappropriate names. He spoke and speaks the exact truth!