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03 June 2019

Running Scared - Who Is Afraid of Torah Law?

29 Iyyar 5779 
Erev Rosh Chodesh Sivan - Yom Kippur Katan
Day 44 of the Omer

It is no coincidence that this subject arises in a public discussion just days before Shavuot - the Celebration of Receiving the Torah.
Smotrich says he wants to be justice minister so Israel can follow Torah law

The Israeli justice system should adhere to religious Jewish law, MK Bezalel Smotrich of the Union of Right-Wing Parties (URWP) has insisted, doubling down on his position despite drawing rebuke, and asserting that the country should aspire to run itself as “in the days of King David.”

“We want the justice portfolio because we want to restore the Torah justice system,” Smotrich said Sunday evening at Mercaz Harav Yeshiva in Jerusalem, hours after Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked was fired by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Smotrich is now demanding that he be her replacement as interim justice minister until the September 17 elections. In the past few months, before coalition talks failed, he had been insisting that Netanyahu hand him the justice portfolio, although the premier favors Likud lawmaker Yariv Levin for the job.

Smotrich doubled down on his position on Monday morning, telling Kan public radio that “the Jewish people is a special people that needs to live according to the Torah.”

He said his intention was a gradual, long-term one. “Nothing happens instantly and it doesn’t happen with coercion,” he said.

“When we talk about Torah laws there are many things. I think the Torah’s monetary laws are much better [than ours]. We need to grant the rabbinical courts a higher status.”

Asked whether he was calling for a “halacha state,” Smotrich retorted: “You throw a scary expression into the air. Torah laws are far superior to the ‘halacha state’ founded here by Aharon Barak.” He was referring to the controversial former Supreme Court chief who is most closely identified with Israeli justice system’s “activist” streak, long a target of right-wing ire.

“Why is a ‘halacha state’ in which Aharon Barak sets the rules okay?” Smotrich said. “Of course in the long run I want the State of Israel to conduct itself according to Torah laws. That will happen when the nation wants it, and I am confident that it will want it when it sees how Torah law is just and humane.”

He said Israel should “go back to conducting itself the way it did in the days of King David, while adjusting that for life in 2019.”

Opposition politicians lambasted Smotrich over the remarks.

[Yair Lapid:] "...There won’t be a state here ruled by halacha,”....

[Shelly Yachimovich:] "... a huge danger to human liberty and the age of enlightenment,”....

[Tamar Zandberg:] "...the “mask has been removed” from Smotrich’s “insane vision,” which she likened to “a theocracy in the vein of [TV series] The Handmaid’s Tale.”
See also: SMOTRICH: ISRAEL WILL BE GOVERNED AS IN DAYS OF KING DAVID AND KING SOLOMON; Liberman: Smotrich worse than delusional hilltop boy for proposing biblical law

As with any form of law, who is most afraid of its being enacted?  Why, the law-breakers, of course!

The comments and remarks exhibit the most astounding ignorance ever!!


  1. Hashem please bless Smotrich! Tzaddik! Hatzlacha!

  2. Bs''d
    Betzalel, the great granson of HUR.
    HUR the gibor, that stood there against the EREV RAV and their TAHAVAT MAMON.
    They killed Hur, but forgot, that we can come back as GILGULIM to finish our job. Until the LIGHT IS SO BRIGHT, that no place for darkness will be left! In the right time...noga will be klum.

  3. Bs''d
    important message i just received ')

  4. Replies
    1. Netanyahu has become overconfident and that will be his downfall...

      He is showing the world who he really is and what he is capable of and trump will do the same

  5. Thanks for the great comment about the 'lawbreakers being afraid'. Of course, the Erev Rav are running scared; they feel the time is closing in on them and the people are waking up and speaking out. 814,Orna said it all. Just as in the time of matan Torateinu when the rabble killed Hur, his grandson Betzalel was chosen by H' to erect the golden klei Kodesh and he was only 13 years old. These characters are probably the gilgulim of the Erev Rav then and have come back and maybe Smotrich is the hero, Betzalel. In any event, it's good to hear his words about a Torahadik Israel - the pendulum always swings back and, hopefully, we will see it swing towards Torah!