Rav Moshe Sternbuch: The Falash Mura Are Idolaters


In the course of a recent shiur, Rav Moshe Sternbuch, ra’avad of Yerushalayim, slammed the government’s recent decision to import thousands of Falash Mura Ethiopians, who converted to Christianity at the beginning of the last century.

“I heard the bad news that the government is about to bring to Israel the remnants of the Christian Falash Mura cult who number nearly ten thousand and are devout Christians,” he said. “Everyone agrees that they are idolaters, yet they are about to bring them to Eretz Yisroel, where they will convert and receive Jewish names, but at the same time remain Christians and become known as ‘Jewish Christians,’ Rachmona litzlon.

“There is a negative prohibition against bringing them to Eretz Yisroel, for the verse states, ‘They shall not dwell in you land lest they make you sin against Me.’ This negative command applies to all idolaters and commands us not to bring them to Eretz Yisroel lest they make one sin, as the Rambam explains.

“We must raise our voices in protest at the desecration of the land and the contempt of the Torah, that they are bringing them to Eretz Yisroel and not heeding the voice of protest,” he concluded.

David Steger – Matzav.com Israel