Jerusalem – Head of Yitzhar’s Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira, who was arrested and questioned last week on suspicion of incitement to violence against non-Jews, commented on the incident for the first time in the press on Sunday, and urged his fellow rabbis to join him and express the Halacha’s stance on the “ethics of war”.Join our WhatsApp group
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The alleged incitement is found in Yitzhar’s book, “Torat Hamelech”, in which he presented a halachic perspective on the killing of gentiles. On Sunday, the rabbi said, “Despite the establishment’s picking on anyone who publishes a Torah opinion in the matter, we must not be afraid.”
In an open letter published in the rightist-religious newspaper B’Sheva, Shapira wrote, “I am assuming that everyone admits that the war ethics currently guiding the establishment do not match what the Torah teaches.” He gave as an example the prosecution of soldiers and officers “for battling Israel’s enemies”.
Shapira addressed rabbis whose students serve in the Israel Defense Forces and are “risking their lives” ‘in the war against the enemy, and urged them to teach and publish their viewpoints in order to give these soldiers “the power of the Torah”. According to the rabbi, “We cannot remain silent when people who risk their lives in the war on Israel’s enemies are put on trial for it.”