JERUSALEM (VINnews) — In the wake of the passing away of Rabbi Yitzchak Tuvia Weiss, the leader of the Eda Chareidis, the community’s simmering dispute over its future leaders has boiled over. During the course of the levaya on Sunday, extremist elements shouted insults at Rabbi Moshe Sternbuch, the Raavad and posek of the Eda Chareidis and potentially the next leader of the community. In recent years these extremists opposed various rulings which Rabbi Sternbuch had made and they heckled him during the hespedim until Rabbi Yehuda Fisher, a member of the Eda Chareidis’s Beis Din, succeeded in bringing matters under control.
However a violent dispute broke out during the levaya between supporters of the Raavad and the extremists and one of the latter was hit by the first group. During the evening, members of the extremist group retaliated, hitting a member of the Raavad’s group, who required medical treatment.
“They waited for me in a corner and when I wasn’t looking, two people pummelled me,” the victim said. “They hit me and ran away, screaming: ‘gravedigger, sheigetz.”
The Hamevaser newspaper included a “strong protest” regarding those who insulted the honor of the Raavad during the course of the levaya Sunday.