the master race card, Rabbi: Gentiles Exist Only To Serve Jews, the Khazar story and bigger picture
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Yosef: "Gentiles Exist Only To Serve Jews"
-- leader of Sephardi Jewry worldwide, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef
By JONAH MANDEL
According to Rabbi, the lives of non-Jews in Israel are safeguarded by divinity, to prevent losses to Jews.
The sole purpose of non-Jews is to serve Jews, according to Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the head of Shas’s Council of Torah Sages and a senior Sephardi adjudicator.
"Goyim were born only to serve us. Without that, they have no place in the world, only to serve the People of Israel," he said in his weekly Saturday night sermon on the laws regarding the actions non-Jews are permitted to perform on Shabbat.
According to Yosef, the lives of non-Jews in Israel are safeguarded by divinity, to prevent losses to Jews.
"In Israel, death has no dominion over them... With gentiles, it will be like any person they need to die, but [God] will give them longevity. Why? Imagine that one's donkey would die, they'd lose their money.
"This is his servant... That's why he gets a long life, to work well for this Jew," Yosef said.
"Why are gentiles needed? They will work, they will plow, they will reap. We will sit like an effendi and eat.
That is why gentiles were created," he added.
Yosef's Saturday night sermons have seen many controversial statements from the 90-year-old rabbi. In August, Yosef caused a diplomatic uproar when he wished a plague upon the Palestinian people and their leaders, a curse he retracted a few weeks later, when he blessed them along with all of Israel's other peace-seeking neighbors.
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Peres visits chief rabbis’ succot, receives blessings
By GREER FAY CASHMAN
President calls on Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar and Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger.
President Shimon Peres was the recipient of numerous blessings on Tuesday morning when he called on Shas spiritual mentor and former Sephardi chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, current Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar and Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger, who received him in their respective succot.
In his individual conversations with the three rabbis, Peres emphasized the importance of their support for the peace process, which he asked them to express through their sermons and rulings, especially during the current period of negotiations with the Palestinian Authority.
He was particularly appreciative of the opinion expressed by Yosef – with whom he has a long and warm relationship – that saving human lives takes precedence over sovereignty of territory.
At the start of his meeting with Yosef, Peres commended the efforts that Yosef had made toward peace and moderation among the people of Israel, and thanked him profusely for the letter that the Shas mentor had recently sent to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, in which he expressed personal support for peace and for what Egypt was doing to advance the peace process and prevent bloodshed.
In his conversations with all the rabbis, Peres also spoke of the urgency of stopping Iran from taking control of the region and of the need for unity among the people of Israel in particular and the Jewish world in general.
Peres also raised the issue of the Conversion Law with Amar and asked him to use his good offices to find a speedy solution that would not only resolve the problem in Israel, but also be acceptable to the Jews of the United States.
The rabbinic blessings continued in the afternoon when Chabad rabbis Binyamin Lifshitz and Gershom Ohana called on the president to present him with an Israeligrown lulav and etrog.
Although it was nearly the conclusion of Succot, the rabbis, who traditionally present the president with a lulav and etrog, explained that he’d been out of the country until late Sunday afternoon and had held an open house in the presidential succa on Monday, leaving Tuesday as the only available day for the presentation.
Politics: What happens when Rabbi Ovadia dies?
Speculation is rife after the Shas spiritual mentor turned 90 this week
Among the most controversial covers of the respected magazine The Jerusalem Report was a haunting picture of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson with the headline “What happens when the Rebbe dies?” The magazine was published in April 1994, two months before the Lubavitcher Rebbe passed away. Printed after he suffered a stroke, the article said Schneerson had no children and had not chosen a successor, leaving his movement’s future in doubt.
Sixteen years later, the concerns raised in the magazine have undoubtedly been proven unfounded. Chabad has continued to grow by leaps and bounds, and there are now more than 4,000 Chabad emissary families around the world. Yehuda Krinsky, who is the chairman of Chabad’s educational and social service arm, was even named recently by Newsweek as America’s most influential rabbi.
The concerns raised in The Jerusalem Report story came back to the forefront this week when Shas’s spiritual mentor and the leader of Sephardi Jewry worldwide, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, reached the lofty age of 90.
While Yosef is reportedly in relatively good health, even the closest people to God cannot emulate His immortality. He, too, is a one-of-a-kind phenomenon, and he has certainly given no indication of who could possibly succeed him.
So what happens when Rabbi Ovadia dies? When Shas chairman Eli Yishai is asked that question the first time, he responds that he does not answer hypothetical questions.
When pressed and told that the rabbi’s death is inevitable, not hypothetical, he gets offended and replies, “Up to 120, period.”
That comparison to Moses, while inadvertent, underscores the problem.
Before Moses died at that age, God insisted on Joshua being named as the new leader of the Jewish people so there would be no leadership vacuum at a critical point in the history of His people. Shas’s leadership says it has made no preparations whatsoever.
But others outside the Sephardi haredi movement are getting ready. Shas’s critics believe that when the rabbi goes, so does his party, and the country’s political landscape will change dramatically overnight.
The six or seven mandates Shas gets from people who are not haredi could return to secular parties. Shas will no longer be the kingmaker in coalition horse-trading. A secular national-unity government that could then more easily be formed could make vast changes in the framework of Israeli politics and society.
Changes in the political system that have long been vetoed by Shas could pass. Direct, regional elections for part of the Knesset could be initiated, the electoral threshold could be raised and prime ministers will be much less vulnerable to political extortion.
Israel might even get its first constitution.
If the secular government changes the status quo on matters of religion and state, Israel may become somewhat less of a Jewish state.
The very secular Supreme Court will most likely not prevent this from happening.
Secular politicians refer to the rabbi’s death as “the ultimate big bang,” much bigger than the bang that formed Kadima, and certainly bigger than any other inevitable political development.
So who could succeed Yosef, who encompasses both the popular appeal to Sephardi Jewry, including the secular constituency that composes Shas’s primary voting power, and at the same time the spiritual leadership, as manifested in his position as head of the Shas Council of Torah Sages? One factor is that while Rabbi Schneerson had no sons, Rabbi Yosef has many.
“There are two different types of successor for Yosef,” a prominent figure close to Shas’s spiritual and political leadership told The Jerusalem Post. “The biological successors from among his rabbi sons would be the charismatic, audacious and prolific David; Ya’acov’s contribution would be primarily to the right wing and the national-religious sector; Yitzhak is the halachicly proficient son; and Avraham is the one with accessibility to the broad Israeli public.
“But the true successors to Yosef will be two. As the leader of the popular Shas movement that reaches out to people’s hearts, will be accessible to all and safeguard the heritage of Sephardi Judaism, this will no doubt be Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar.
Among the Torah-scholars, it will be Rabbi Shalom Cohen,” head of the Porath Yosef yeshiva in Jerusalem and a member of the Shas Council of Torah Sages.
Besides Cohen, Rabbis Shimon Ba’adani and Moshe Maya are on the council led by Yosef.
“Have no doubt – everything will fall apart after Ovadia’s departure; there will be infighting and rival parties. Many prominent Sephardi rabbis with followings are currently under the auspices of Shas only due to the respect they hold for Yosef’s leadership, but they won’t remain there after he’s gone,” he said.
“Amar has a bit of all of Yosef’s powerful leadership traits – he’s a deep-seated Sephardi, welcoming to secular people, with a nonpartisan outlook, the halachic ‘broad-shoulders’ to make concessions, a father to the Sephardim. Not to the degree that Yosef is, but no other leader possesses his qualities to that extent.? “Amar has become Israel’s most influential religious leader. To Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman, MK Shelly Yacimovich and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, he is the religious authority, with the character and standing.
And he is gaining more and more power.
“People close to Netanyahu and Neeman are working to change the law in such a way that would enable Amar to be reelected as chief rabbi after the end of his 10-year term, since they fear that his successor would be problematic – and difficult to cooperate with.”
Another factor to Amar’s advantage is the fact that he is Moroccan, the largest Sephardi group in the country. “The Moroccans sought a father-type for years, and didn’t necessarily find it in Iraqi-born Yosef,” he noted.
As for the graduates of Sephardi yeshivot, to them “Amar is much less significant. It is Cohen, who will take the helm of the Council of Torah Sages. Cohen is the Sephardi ‘rosh yeshiva,’ the spiritual, scholarly authority,” he said.
Here again a parallel between Yosef, who was Sephardi chief rabbi between 1973 and 1982, and Amar emerges.
“Aryeh Deri was once asked why Yosef, and not Cohen, is head of the Council of Torah Sages,” he recalled. “The answer he gave was that Yosef was the one who would leave his home every evening in the early ’80s, when Shas was in its initial states of formation, and attend every possible event, meet any interested group, no matter how small, to spread the word of the emerging Sephardi Torah revolution.
“Social responsibility is also part of Amar’s agenda. Amar didn’t shy away from the conversion bill, for example, and decrees on every topic. He has a statesmanlike, responsible, sensitive and nonpartisan approach, that takes all of the Jewish people into account, and not just one tribe.”
Can Deri himself save the movement he once headed? He has the charisma and can appeal to the Sephardi masses, but he is no halachic authority and is not seen as a religious leader.
So who do Shas officials say can succeed Rabbi Ovadia when speaking off the record and only after looking over their shoulder to make sure no one is listening? Rabbi Ovadia.
Yes, the rabbi himself, or rather, a picture of him on the wall. Shas officials believe that the traditional Sephardi masses, who voted for Shas because of their respect for Rabbi Ovadia, will continue to do so after his death.
“It’s not the ideal situation,” a Shas official said. “But who knows? It worked for Chabad.”
Revised 'loyalty oath' bill to include all new citizens
PM wants all would-be citizens to pledge allegiance to "Jewish, democratic state," Jewish immigrants included, after storm over original.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu directed Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman on Monday night to prepare a bill obliging all people seeking Israeli citizenship, including Jews immigrating here under the Law of Return, to pledge allegiance to Israel as a “Jewish, democratic state.”
The move comes just a week after the public storm over the cabinet’s approval of an oath of allegiance that would be recited only by those not eligible to enter the country under the Law of Return, which would mainly affect Palestinians seeking naturalization because they are married to Israeli Arabs, or foreign workers.
The loyalty oath is contrary to Jewish values
Tibi: Israel is democratic for Jews but Jewish for Arabs
This decision had sparked angry claims, both inside Israel and abroad, including by Jewish groups overseas, that the proposal discriminated against non-Jews.
The Anti-Defamation League’s national director Abe Foxman, who met Netanyahu on Monday, said he raised with the prime minister the concern that this and other declared Israeli policies on conversion and foreign workers’ children, were being used by critics to label Israel a “racist state.”
According to Foxman, Netanyahu said he was concerned about this and would look for a way to repair that perception.
Netanyahu said Monday evening the government expected that everyone who wanted to become an Israeli citizen would recognize Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people, and as a democratic country.
It is no coincidence, he said, that there was a wide consensus among the public regarding Israel’s identity as a Jewish, democratic state.
“Israel was not founded as just another state,” he said. “It was founded as the sovereign state for the Jewish people on its historic homeland, and as a democratic state for all its citizens, Jews and non-Jews alike, who enjoy equal civil rights.”
The prime minister said anyone who wanted Israel citizenship needed to recognize “these two lofty ideals.”
Netanyahu’s new proposal prompted further criticism from some MKs on Monday.
Minorities Affairs Minister Avishay Braverman (Labor) said the change “doesn’t heal the damage to Israel internationally and to relations with Israeli Arabs.”
“This is a delusional decision, as the previous one was,” MK Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism) said in a statement Monday night. “If there are Arabs who are not loyal to the State of Israel and wish to act against it, a declaration will change nothing.
“For Jews, for whom the Law of Return was passed, the declaration has no meaning either, and the gentiles who immigrate by the power of the Law of Return do not understand the wording of the declaration, and come to the country for totally different reasons.
“Instead of the prime minister taking care of the citizens’ real problems, like the housing crisis, he is dealing with nonsense.
Besides [responding to] the disagreement over such a proposal, it will benefit neither the state nor its citizens. I will adamantly object to this proposal, and I hope it won’t have a majority in the Knesset,” Gafni said.
United Arab List MK Ahmed Tibi responded to Netanyahu’s decision by saying that the bill was still wrong.
“Netanyahu and [Foreign Minister Avigdor] Lieberman are competing in their fascism,” Tibi said. “Forcing Arabs and Jews to identify ethically and ideologically with the state is completely unnecessary.”
Kadima MK Shlomo Molla, originally from Ethiopia, accused Netanyahu of zigzagging and harming the rights of immigrants that he said were guaranteed by the Declaration of Independence.
“The prime minister should start acting like a leader and stop dragging after the demagoguery of Lieberman,” Molla said.
The Prime Minister’s Office denied that Monday night’s decision to oblige all immigrants to take the oath had anything to do with the public outcry that followed the cabinet decision, saying that Netanyahu had supported in principle a proposal raised by Neeman at that cabinet meeting that all immigrants take the oath.
After this was opposed by Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein, Netanyahu asked Neeman to look into the matter further. Monday night’s decision, according to the Prime Minister’s Office, came following Neeman’s follow-up.
In the original cabinet decision, it was written that the justice minister would prepare a proposal to have the oath of allegiance be obligatory to all potential immigrants asking for citizenship. It is that proposal that Netanyahu now wants Neeman to bring to the Ministerial Committee on Legislation, and then to the Knesset.
If a cabinet minister opposes this change, the bill is likely to come back to the cabinet for further discussion.