Rav Shteinman Instructs Yeshivos in Southern Israel to Relocate, Says Murderers of Muhammad Abu Kdheir Are “Rodfim”


rav-aharon-leib-shteinmanIn light of the escalating tension in Southern Israel, Rav Aharon Leib Steinman has instructed yeshivos in the South to relocate to the North and that everyone must strengthen themselves in Torah.

Rav Shteinman further ruled that instructions that are issued by the IDF regarding this situation, which is pikuach nefesh, must be followed.

Rav Shteinman issued a tefillah “that no harm befall any Jew.”

Rav Shteinman has also said that the murderers of Muhammad Abu Kdheir “are rodfim against the entire Jewish people.”

{Matzav.com Israel News Bureau}


  1. Avreichim in a number of cities in southern Israel turned to Rav Chaim Kanievsky to determine if they should leave the area due to the rocket fire and Rav Chaim said to remain where they are and be mispallel. In his response to their question, Rav Chaim said that even those in the line of fire do not have to leave their homes but they should increase recitation of Tehillim. Rav Chaim instructed those in safer areas to recite Tehillim as well.

  2. rodef. you can kill a rodef if it will result in the saving of the life of the nirdaf. So the killers are no longer rodfim as they did their nefarious act already. To catch them before or in the act is one thing after the fact is another. Am i reading the sugyah incorrectly?

  3. #1: Non-Jews cannot hallachacally be Rodfim. On the other hand, they are chayav missa anyway.

    #2: That’s fine. The talmidim of Rav Chaim will listen to him, and the talmidim of Rav Aharon Leib will listen to him. Eilu v’eilu…

  4. Avi K

    See this week’s sidra 31:3

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