Rav Shteinman: Protesting is a Weapon that Shouldn’t Be Abused


rav-shteinmanFollowing the revelation that certain individuals in the communities of Beitar and Kiryat Sefer were mulling organizing a protest against the construction freeze in Israel, Maran Rav Aharon Leib Shteinman, senior rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Orchos Torah, was asked to grant his approval of the protest. Rav Shteinman responded that it is not the right time or place for such a hafgana (protest), adding that such an activity will result in bittul Torah and can lead to other regrettable activities.

“Recently, some people have assumed that a hafgana should be made for every issue,” said Rav Shteinman, “These [people] make a hafgana for everything that occurs that they don’t agree with. They don’t realize that a hafgana is a weapon, and you don’t use your weapon at all times. This weapon must be saved for spiritual things, or, alternatively, when the time really requires it and there is no other option.”

{Yair Alpert-Matzav.com Israel}


  1. “when the time really requires it and there is no other option.” —THAT WILL BE IN A FEW MORE MONTHS WHEN THERE IS NO HOUSING available for couples, families and no bldgs for yeshivas. Just wait a little longer, the Rav shlit”a is saying….

  2. he’s not saying that.
    there are enough houses…
    why do you have to live in jerusalem?
    not like anyone goes to the kosel to visit anyways? you can move to the surrounding area’s stop complaining.
    oh wait what’s that I hear?
    ahhh complaining again.
    ?? ???? ????