Rav Amar Has Strong Words for Shas, UTJ


rabbi-shlomo-amarSephardic Chief Rabbi Rav Shlomo Amar criticized the chareidi parties in the Knesset Wednesday and claimed that they were displaying “weakness on ideological matters” while “focusing too much on budgets.”

In an interview with the Hebrew Mishpacha, Rav Amar expressed discontent for the way Shas and United Torah Judaism handled a Knesset dispute over laws on geirus and civil marriage.

Rav Amar said the parties did nothing to prevent Yisrael Beiteinu from getting its way or to downsize the damage to the chareidi sector. “They only publicized that they did not vote in favor (of the laws),” he said. “Thank you very much. That’s nice of them.”  

Rav Amar added that he was hit hardest by the bills, because he had to perform the MKs’ duties for them and was criticized for his failure to prevent the laws. “Nobody vetoed the decision when it was most needed. I was disappointed,” he said.

 He explained his involvement in the geirus and marriage bills. “The fact that we have so-and-so non-Jews who are not allowed to marry puts pressure on us to ease conversions, and not only ease, but also allow reform authorities to convert,” he said.

“So I said we could amend two things: We can amend the conversion laws and we can give goyim the right to marry between themselves and then the pressure will drop. Really, when you check, you realize that most of them marry each other.”

Rav Amar also criticized those who believe it is better to risk interfaith marriage and keep a database of genealogy rather than ease geirus.

“It’s a disaster,” he claimed. “We are helping those who in any case would never consider marrying anyone who is not Jewish but all the rest are being tossed over the fence – they could find themselves outside of the people of Israel.”

But in general, Rav Amar was satisfied with the Jewish character of the Israeli people. “I see today that the faith has become popular. Senior doctors and officers come to me without a yarmulke and say: Bless me,” he said.

Rav Amar also made a case for presenting the chareidi standpoint calmly and in a politically correct manner. He said the chareidi parties were flaring up hatred for religion with heated talk on the issues they find important.

{Yair Alpert-Matzav.com Israel/Ynet}


  1. The Satmar Rebbe and the Brisker Rov ZT”L are being proven correct once more.

    There is no way to collaborate with the Zionist or serve in their House of Avoda Zora (i.e. the Kenneset) as Rav Elyashev shlita called it.

  2. Kudos to Rabbi Amar. Here in America, this is an old problem. Rabbi Amar, I wish you would come here and say the same thing. Rachmana Litzlan!