Thursday, November 09, 2006


Our good friend over at Yeshivaworld posted a link to some of pashkvilim that were hung in Yerushalayim. One of them quite clearly calls for continued protests and bears the signature of Rav Elyashiv (amongst others). So I guess that settles it. Rav Elyashiv has paskened that the demonstrations must go on. Right?

Not so quick.

Jak Black of Mishmar writes :

I spoke to a friend of mine who had just come from a gathering of Rav Elyashiv's students. He heard the following firsthand:

A bochur asked: Should we protest?

Rav Elyashiv answered: Of course. You should turn to your chavrusah and say, "I protest." And your chavrusah should turn to you and say, "I protest." Then, the two of you should get back to learning.

The bochur then asked: What about Friday [the day of the Parade]?

Rav Elyashiv answered: You should get ready for Shabbos.

So, you might ask,
as I did, what about the signs that bear Rav Elayashiv's signature?

writes :

Rav Elyashiv was quoted today saying that those signs were blatant lies, and that "the one who put them up was looking for a way to justify his bitul Torah."

It appears to me the no one knows for sure what the Gedolim hold. Do they want bochrim and kollel yungerleit protesting? To they want other protesting? Do they want only non-violent protest? If so, who should be participating? How often?

We are blessed to have many Gedolim living in our generation, but if we have no way of knowing what their true opinions are, are we not essentially leaderless?