Chacham Ovadiah: Don’t Attack Ahmadinejad; Learn Torah and Hashem Will Send Him to Gehennom

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rav-ovadiah-yosef“Don’t Attack Iran,” Chacham Ovadia Yosef said in his weekly drasha last night. “Learn Torah and Hashem will save Klal Yisroel” and send Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to gehennom.

Chacham Ovadiah tied the Iranian regime and its threat to destroy Israel to Haman in the Persian Empire 2,000 years ago.

“In every generation, there are those who try to destroy us and Hashem saves us,”  Chacham Ovadiah said. “Now there is a tyrant in Iran, perhaps a reincarnation of Haman,” he said. “We have no one to rely on except Avinu Sheboshomayim.”

He called on Yidden to daven to Hashem, “and He will see that people are learning Torah… Just like Haman, Hashem will deal with him and he will go to gehennom.”

Chacham Ovadiah pointed out that there never before have been so many Yidden learning Torah and reiterated that Hashem will protect Klal Yisroel.

{Yair Israel}


  1. I think “we hill go to gehennom” should read, “he will go to gehennom.”

    Either way you cut it, that Rasha will go to gehennom.

  2. Please correct the text in the fourth paragraph where it says “will deal with him and (should be ‘he will’) go to”. It’s a typo, but this typo should be fixed.

  3. Halevai the government will listen to him. And I think he means people really sitting and learning Torah, not wasting their time throwing rocks at police or on the street shouting at women they shouldn’t be looking at in the first place.

    And then there’s also chessed. And kavod habrios. There are so many ways to influence HaShem to help us, instead of kochi v’otzem yadi.

  4. “Oldtimer”: chesed, kavood habrios and achdus start at home… why jump on the negative, and point fingers at pple far away. Let’s each start bettering the world in our own dalet amos… heh, friend, whaddaya say?!

  5. For sure that Rasha will burn in Gehinom for much longer than 12 months or even 12 years.But that is not the problem. Iran is a threat to Israel now. Hashem will bless whatever actions the IDF takes against Iran. Sometimes Hashem wants us to do something and then he blesses our efforts with amazing success.

  6. learn Torah AND do the mitzvos and he is right. Ahavas Yisroel, agree to disagree, cooperate, put your best out there, help do deeds of lovingkindness….
    all in learning Torah. So he did say it all.

  7. To #3
    “…there are so many ways to influence hashem…”

    Oldtimer, with all due respect… Rav Ovadiah said what he meant and meant what he said. No need to darshan, while the things you mention are important, if the Rav said torah learning will save klal yisroel, then it should suffice!

  8. Reply to everyone, we are not intellectuals, we are yidden. Learning Torah means learning it for the purpose of living it so I’m sure when the Rav says learn he means learning it and living it. All of it. Hilchos bein adom l’makom and hilchos bein adom l’chaveiro. In the zchus of this Hashem yishmor.


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