Rav Moshe Shternbuch: Israeli Politics Are Not Divrei Kedusha

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rav-moshe-shternbuchThe Rosh Av Beis Din of The Eidah Hachareidis in Yerushalayim, Rav Moshe Shternbuch, was asked (2:436) about someone giving a speech in shul on the political situation in Israel. Our shuls today are built with the intention (tnai) to be used for eating and drinking and therefore those activities are permissible. Should the same apply to a lecture?

He answers with an unequivocal no. Since eating and drinking have a purpose in shul a tnai helps. For politics, no tnai in the world would help. Even if the shul was built with these kinds of lectures in mind this would not help. Politics are “divrei chol” and they have no connection to religion. People think that anything that has to do with Eretz Yisroel is automatically kodesh which is in fact a big delusion. It is also a chillul Hashem since even the goyim would not hold political discourses in their houses of worship. If the lecturer is a Michalel Shabbos the situation is even worse.

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  1. Its great to read how Rabbonim say things that need to be said,I am not someone that needs to give a haskomah to Rabbi Sternbuch shlita,however I like the point that speaking politics in the shul is a CHILLUL HASHM,and we must ensure our Botei Medroshim are kept holy with Torah and Tefilla,keeping out the Loshan Hora,business talk,mobiles which are causing lots of disturbance too.In the shul I daven in
    their is a sign : IF YOU COME TO SHUL TO TALK

  2. Does this also apply to the multitude of Droshos that Rabbonim give in Mizrachi based shuls, Chardal type shuls and Modern Othrodox focused on the state of Israel and political issues of land, chilonim vs Charedim and the virtues of Israel as part of modern day Judaism?

  3. That’s ridiculous to say the goyim don’t speak politics in their houses of worship:what exactly are they doing every Friday in their mosques when anti-Jewish rhetoric is encouraged. It doesn’t sound to me like prayers.
    I’m not justifing what goes on by us in our shuls, but please don’t tell me the goyim are better.


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