Rav Lau: My Son’s Victory is a Message to the Nazis

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rav-lau[Video below.] Rav Yisrael Meir Lau, a former Chief Rabbi of Israel, responded happily last night to the news that his son, Rav David Lau, had been elected to the same position.

The Lau rabbinic dynasty has continued for over 35 generations, Rav Yisrael Meir Lau told Arutz Sheva.

This latest accomplishment by a Rabbi Lau is particularly meaningful, he added. While most members of the Lau rabbinic chain lived in Europe, Rabbi David Lau was born in Israel. His appointment can be seen as an answer to the Nazis, the elder Rabbi Lau said, noting that the Nazi horde murdered nearly all of Rav Yisrael Meir Lau’s family, and put him in a concentration camp. Click below to watch video of the remark, courtesy of Arutz Sheva:

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  1. I love Rabbi Y.M. Lau. I first heard him speak at the Siyum Hashas in Met Life stadium. I’ve gained tremendous respect for him. I wish his son a lot of Hatzlacha.

  2. And Now From the Enemy’s Side:

    A crushing haredi victory

    There is no denying that last night’s Chief Rabbinate vote was a crushing defeat for the religious Zionist community and a resounding victory for haredi politics. You might say: Aryeh Deri 2: Naftali Bennett 0. It might also be said that Zionism and the State of Israel’s Jewish future lost out to the haredim — but I’m not sure that the secular public yet realizes this.

    While extraordinarily disappointing for religious Zionists like me who had backed Rabbi David Stav’s bid for the post of chief rabbi, the result is not too surprising. Stav’s candidacy had always been a long shot.

    Almost all the rabbis and religious court judges on the electing body (98 of them; or two-thirds of the entire panel) were haredi or haredi-affiliated rabbis — most of whom had been appointed to their positions by the haredi chief rabbis and religious affairs ministers of the past twenty years.

    Furthermore, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert worked intensively behind the scenes to ensure the election of the haredi candidates for chief rabbi, to spite Bennett in Netanyahu’s case, and to strengthen their alliances with the haredi political parties with an eye toward future coalition governments.

    Make no mistake about it. Not only did the haredim maintain their control over the Rabbinate, but they are coming back into government faster than you think.

    Thirdly, the religious Zionist community itself was divided going into these elections between conservative and more liberal camps, with the former camp failing to back Stav, and Habayit Hayehudi backing Stav only late in the game and somewhat half-heartedly.

    Stav’s valiant campaign nevertheless had one salutary impact: His emphasis on “sever panim yafot” — on putting a smile on the face of the Rabbinate — seems to have rubbed off on the other contenders. Even the winners, Rabbis David Lau and Yitzhak Yosef, are now talking about the need for a more user-friendly Rabbinate.

    Unfortunately, that is about as far as it is going to go in terms of change that can be expected from the Rabbinate under the haredi Chief Rabbis Lau and Yosef: a bit more friendliness. But they will implement none of the other very necessary and deep-seated changes in the Rabbinate bureaucracy or in halachic approach that Rabbi Stav had wanted to implement.

    Lau and Yosef will fight against the re-zoning of marriage registrations across regional jurisdictional lines — which is supposed to allow for real competition between rabbis in the provision of honest and accommodating rabbinical services. They will not back halachic prenuptial agreements — which could void so many later problems in cases of divorce.

    They will not go out of their way to assist Russian (and other) immigrants prove their Jewish lineage for conversion purposes, as Stav would have. They have no plans to bring transparency and new ethical guidelines to the kashrut system — and as a result, consumers will continue to face unnecessarily high food prices and have to pinch their noses at the stench of corruption in the kashrut system.

    They will not back the lenient practice of “heter mechira” (a halachic means of allowing agriculture to continue during the sabbatical year), dealing a severe blow to Israeli agriculture, public health, and food prices.

    And you can expect no reform whatsoever of the criteria for the appointment of neighborhood rabbis, city rabbis and rabbinical court judges. Don’t expect a more intellectual and Zionist Rabbinate to emerge over the next ten years. The haredi-dominated “rabbinocracy” will continue, I’m afraid, to misuse its powers: applying stringencies in matters of personal status and conversion, creating bureaucratic obstacles to practicing Judaism in Israel, and fostering resentment within both religious and secular society and among Jews around the world.

  3. #4 thanks for posting
    It is important for people to see how much the left hates HATES the right wing olam, chariedim etc. It is unbelievable


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