Chief rabbi: Immorality, liberality leads to murders (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Kobi Nahshoni Published: 05.07.12, 14:19)
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Rabbi Shlomo Amar says recent wave of murders in Israel result of lax
education, lack of boundaries and ignoring Jewish tradition: ´When
everything is permissible and a person gets what he wants, anyone who
tries to limit him is killed´
Chief Sephardi Rabbi Shlomo Amar said that the recent wave of murders
is the result of lax education and promiscuity. "A person who is
allowed (to do) anything doesn´t respect boundaries," the rabbi told
"And so we´ve reached a situation in which young people – who aren´t
bad or criminals – murder someone who criticizes them; (a situation)
in which women murder, children kill their parents and parents kill
their children. I´ve heard about it and I´m frightened."
Amar said that there is a "terrible crisis in the education of the
(young) generation," mainly a lack of boundaries. "Today, people
think that anyone who wants to maintain minimal modesty is primitive
and belongs to a different generation. Things that were condemned by
every other generation, considered abhorrent by the Torah, have
The idea of shame has been trampled, the rabbi continued, adding that
people have been left "naked and exposed," which leads them to awful
"There are people who espouse liberality as an ideology, and now it
has reached ´Thou shalt not kill´ – an act that no one other than
terrorists would justify. When everything is allowed and a person
does what he wants, anyone who tries to limit him or even criticize
(him) is killed. These things are done more and quicker than we´ve
(ever) seen," Amar noted.
"It´s a blow to us all," the rabbi said, adding that "marginalized
people are everywhere, and without education, (violence) would occur
in every sector."
According to Amar, the way to reduce violence among youths is for
them to become closer to decency, Jewish tradition and the
Torah, "which also belongs to all of us."
Amar also had words for the country´s politicians: Stop with "us"
and "you," he urged, adding that politicians should serve as an
example of tolerance and restraint. "Unfortunately, and I´m ashamed
to say, the haredim and the secular are attacking each other, which
is very dangerous. Even when you want to rebuke someone, it doesn´t
need to turn into hate," he said.
Addressing the announcement of the early Knesset election, Amar said
that Israel´s political parties should embrace tolerance and fence-
mending, and not put out incendiary propaganda, even in the face
of "intolerable opinions." (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet
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