Chief Rabbi Metzger: Gilad Will Light Chanukah Candles With Us


rav-amar-rav-metzgerNoam Shalit, father of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, met with Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar today in Yerushalayim. At the end of the meeting, Shalit said, “We received moral support from the rav. We understood from him that he will support the government’s decision.”

Prior to the meeting, Rabbi Amar said, “On the one hand retrieving all of our captives is the biggest mitzvah. But on the other hand there is halachic ruling stating that you shouldn’t give (enemies too much in return for the captives) so they won’t develop an appetite.

“There is nothing more important than saving a boy like this, but, on the other hand, it should not cause others, Heaven forbid, to be in trouble,” he said.

Rabbi Amar said that in case a prisoner exchange deal with Hamas is finalized, the public debate surrounding the issue should come to a close “and instead we should all rejoice with Gilad.”

Shortly after the meeting a source close to the negotiations said Israel rejected a demand for the release of two Hamas commanders as part of any exchange for Shalit, signaling talks had hit a snag.

“Hamas still insists on its demands,” the source, who declined to be named, told Reuters, naming the two top Hamas prisoners as Ibrahim Hamed and Abdallah Barghouti.

Later today, Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Yonah Metzger said during his meeting with Noam Shalit, “I have a feeling Gilad will be lighting Chanukah candles with us in two weeks’ time.

Rabbi Metzger said the Chief Rabbinate cannot present its official position regarding a prisoner swap as of yet, and slammed the rightist rabbis who announced that the halacha forbids a prisoner exchange deal with Hamas, calling their ruling “pretentious.”

Rabbi Metzger reiterated that it is not possible to make a halachic ruling on the issue of the swap deal without being privy to all the details of the swap and the considerations behind it.

Noam Shalit said during the meeting, “I want to offer my support to (Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu) and the Israeli government, if and when it reaches a decision on the matter.

 “The time has come for the government to reach a decision that will do right by us and by all of Israel,” said the captive’s father.  

{Ynet, Yair Israel}


  1. I don’t see how this doesn’t go against chazal’s rule that you don’t free captives for more than their worth.

    Even if the Medina does not follow halacha (unfortunately) it’s pure commons sense and it also increases the danger to the public with the release of all those murderous terrorists.