North Tel Aviv Rabbi: Hostage Deal May Not Be Permitted By Halacha

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JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Rabbi Chaim Eideles, a popular charedi rabbi who is currently the rabbi of North Tel Aviv and conducts daily radio programs on halachic matters, referred to the possibility of a hostage exchange deal and said that it might not be permitted by Halacha.

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When the Halacha discusses freeing captives for more than their value- the subject is monetary. Here however we are talking of freeing terrorists who will threaten the lives of Jews and therefore the matter is very different,” Rabbi Eideles told the Kol Chai radio station.

“We have a rule that we don’t prefer one life to that of another. We saw in previous deals that the terrorists freed returned to their terrorist activities. Who is more paradigmatic than Hamas leader Sinwar who was already in Israeli jail and was released in a hostage deal to go back to his ways and lead terrorists.”

Rabbi Ovadia zts’l wrote a comprehensive Teshuva about the Entebbe operation in halacha. The kidnappers demanded the release of 40 terrorists and Rabbi Ovadia said that if releasing terrorists doesn’t directly cause murder, they can be released to save those in mortal danger. Yet it is clear that now, with terrorists declaring that they will return to terror- we can’t make such deals.”

Rabbi Eideles, who is married to Rabbi Aryeh Levin’s descendant and runs the Ish Tzadik Haya charity organization, says that unity has a different meaning after October 7th.

“Once they asked Rabbi Aryeh Levin how he can accept everyone, and he answered ‘I just listen to them’. Thats the secret. People in Tel Aviv who didn’t want to say hello to us before now understand that we are one nation and must live here in harmony.”


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Simple
Simple
15 days ago

ABSOLYTELY FORBIDDEN !

triumphinwhitehouse
triumphinwhitehouse
15 days ago

he is right

Simple
Simple
15 days ago

SORRY
ABSOLUTELY

Emes
Emes
15 days ago

I’m sure Rabbi Chaim Eideles is a fine Talmud Chacham. Something of this magnitude and significance must be brought to the biggest Rabbies of our generation who understand the ramifications of such a decision.

Simple
Simple
15 days ago

To conservative carl
I do not quite understand : you are saying .
I am not too good with technology .
I respect your contribution ,
however I might as well stop using VIN >

Thanks

Simple
Simple
15 days ago

To Shmendrick

I am always with you .

Simple
Simple
15 days ago

Sorry
to shmendrick

I am always with you

lazerx
lazerx
14 days ago

I think halacha forbids it, but I am no rav.

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13 days ago
Dovid
Dovid
12 days ago

This is a complex question, very much dependent upon how one sees the metzius.
I would point out that many frum family members of the frum hostages tend to agree with Rabbi Eideles, that this an act of war and that Am Yisrael should not be put into greater danger to free these captives.

Seichel
Seichel
14 days ago

Love the comments here. Refreshing to see so many of my fellow Jews have stopped drinking the Zionist Kool aid with Ben Shapiro’s hechsher. I drank it for many years unfortunately it took a Oct 7 to wake me up but I am woke now…..

Berl
Berl
15 days ago

He’s being naive. Halacha was always something that you could argue and bend and Kler Arrine. That is why people spend thousands on a Toyin and a Boirer by a Din Torah. Even in Orech Chaim Halachos; look at the Erev in Brooklyn, Rabonim signed and then they have regreted that they signed or they didn’t regret.

חרדי
חרדי
15 days ago

With all due respect, unless this Rabbi publicly supports the soldiers in the IDF, I don’t think he should make his opinion public.

You don’t need to believe in אתחלתא דגאולה to realize that the soldiers are our heroes who deserve all our Tefilos and support.

they care about halacha?
they care about halacha?
15 days ago

If the Zionist government cared about halacha, there would have been no hostages and no prisoners to release.

anonymous
anonymous
15 days ago

If there was a Hostage in his family, he’d throw Halacha out the window to get her back.