Rabbis who urged disobedience lecture soldiers (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Yoav Zitun Published: 06.27.12, 11:11)
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Rabbis Elyakim Levanon, Shmuel Eliyahu, who in the past urged
soldiers to disobey orders pertaining to settlement evictions,
invited to give troops motivational speeches
Two rabbis, who in the past urged soldiers to disobey orders
pertaining to the eviction of West Bank settlements have recently
been invited by the military to give troops motivational speeches,
Ynet learned Wednesday.
Rabbi Elyakim Levanon from Samaria and Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu from
Safed, who were in the center of several controversial affairs
pertaining to the IDF, the State and the courts´ authority, both
voiced their support for soldiers disobeying orders in cases of
Rabbi Levanon spoke against the Judiciary several times, and also
stated that "Troops would rather die than listen to women sing,"
while Rabbi Eliyahu urged against renting flats to Arabs, and called
the Shalit deal "a lunacy that defies the Halacha."
Moreover, while Rabbi Eliyahu has strongly denounced various "price
tag" acts, and specifically the torching of mosques, he was one of
the rabbis who urged revenge following the Itamar massacre.
Their strong opinions, however, have not stopped the military from
asking them to lecture before servicemen.
In April, Rabbi Levanon spoke before troops in the Judea and Samaria
Spatial Brigade, while Rabbi Eliyahu lectured to Haruv Reconnaissance
Unit troops in the Jordan Valley, to troops in the Hebron Brigade and
Duvdevan Unit soldiers.
"The Military Rabbinate is implementing a strict screening process
for external rabbis who seek, or are asked to, address soldiers," an
officer with the Military Rabbinate told Ynet.
"These permits are issued on a case-by-case basis and very carefully.
Many eyebrows were raised when Eliyahu and Levanon were invited to
The IDF Spokespersonís Unit said in response: "The Military Rabbinate
follows directives saying that any lecturer set to speak before
troops will be chosen according to the content outline he submits and
its relevance to the audience.
"The content of the lectures in question was reviewed according to
IDF procedures and were found adequate, as they are religious lessons.
"Needless to say, the appearance of any individual within a military
framework is not indicative of any IDF affiliation with their
positions on any issue." (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 06/27/12)
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