[Audio below.] In a Yom Kippur Kotton shmuess today at Yeshivas Ner Yisroel in Baltimore, the rosh yeshiva, Rav Aharon Feldman, a member of the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah of Agudas Yisroel, spoke about the dire situation in Eretz Yisroel and the efforts of the government to have chareidim change their way of life and become part of the secular world.
Rav Feldman mentioned that he had called Dov Lipman a rasha for supporting this movement. However, after receiving a letter from Lipman, who explained that his intention is lesheim Shomayim and that he wants to strengthen Torah with what he is doing, Rav Feldman said that he views him instead as a “shogeg” (one who errs unintentionally), rather than a rasha, and that he apologizes to him for calling him a rasha. Rav Feldman added that he is happy that a talmid of the yeshiva is not a rasha, but rather a shogeg.
However, Rav Feldman said that Lipman is “extremely misguided,” adding that someone who thinks he will build up Torah by tearing down Torah is mistaken.
Furthermore, Rav Feldman made clear that he never called Lipman “Haman” or “Amaleik,” as Lipman had claimed he did, but rather that he is like all the attackers of Torah of the past, and just like all the Torah attackers of the past went under, so will this party – Yesh Atid – go under and there will be no zeicher of them.
“Any antagonist of Torah has no kiyum,” said Rav Feldman.
The rosh yeshiva added that “in no way do I with less vigor oppose what he is saying, I just see now that he is mistaken. He simply doesn’t know the facts and hasn’t thought it through well, [and he] especially hasn’t discussed it with anyone… with gedolei Torah.”
Rav Feldman called him “wrong and misguided” and that it is “very sorrowful that he is engaged in this,” suggesting that he resign from his party and make a kiddush Hashem.
“He writes me,” said Rav Feldman, “that [he is] doing a favor to the Olam Hatorah in Eretz Yisroel… Without asking us, he is telling us that he is doing us a favor by driving us out of the bais medrash… Of course, it’s absurd…”
Click on the play button below to listen to Rav Feldman’s full remarks:
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