Rav Wosner, Rav Karelitz Condemn Ongoing Hafganos


hafgana-letter-smallWith continuing hafganos in certain locales in Eretz Yisroel, a proclamation was released by rabbonim this week strongly condemning these gatherings and instructing Bnei Torah not to participate in them.

The proclamation, posted across the city of Bnei Brak and elsewhere, is signed by Rav Shmuel Halevi Wosner, author of Shevet Halevi, noted senior posek, and rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Chachmei Lublin; Rav Nissim Karelitz; Rav Moshe Yehudah Leib Landau, Chief Rabbi of Bnei Brak; and Rav Shimon Badani.

The proclamation states:

Azharah Chamurah (Strict Warning)

“We hereby come to warm regarding the incidence of yeshiva bochurim and youth gathering in the streets of the city of Bnei Brak to take part in hafaganos and the like. Behold, we express our view, the view of daas Torah, that such participation is one that is rav-wosnerqualified as “ain ruach chachomim nocheh heimenah,” and every ben yeshiva and lomeid Torah should guard himself and distance himself from this. And it is known that those who arrange these gatherings are unscrupulous individuals who do not possess yiras Shomayim and joining them is a danger to one’s neshama.

“Our koach lies in our mouth, with tefillah to Hakadosh Boruch Hu that He send a pure ruach from Above so that we may be able to serve him with truth.”

Click here to view the letter.

{Yair Alpert-Matzav.com Israel}


  1. Today in Yaffo they continued digging up kevorim, MK Gafni and MK maklev were there as well as hundreds of protesters, led by Horav Erlangerand Horav Altman.

  2. Wow Im sorprized because I thought the eidah was behind them. I guess they’re not! Very surprising to me!

  3. What’s the point of the protests. The digging is happening al pi daas torah. Do they protest in City X if they think the eruv in City X is posul and City X has it’s own daas torah that their Eruv is fine?

    If this was an issue with no daas torah, that’s one thing, however, the reality is that there is a cogent daas torah that says the digging is absolutely muttar.

    What next, protests against those who drink Chalav HaCompanies because they follow Reb Moshe’s psak? Sheesh.