I have been trying to get a Haskama that was promised to me from Rav Shmuel Eliyahu...it seems he is a very busy man!
I don't really agree with his psak on this Arab issue..but he has his reasons.
Here is the latest with the Rav Eliyahu saga and keeping Tzfat a quiet and Holy City.
Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein ordered police Tuesday to open a criminal investigation against Safed's Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu for incitement to racism.
Eliyahu was one of fifty rabbis to sign a religious ruling stipulating that Jews should not sell or rent property to non-Jews, but that document is not what concerned Weinstein.
The real racism: Expecting Jews to die meekly
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According to the attorney-general, Eliyahu has been associated with a spate of aggressive comments against Arab citizens.
Those comments include: "Once you give an Arab a place, it takes him five minutes to start doing whatever he wants," and "Arabs act under different codes of conduct, and the norm of violence has become their ideology. For the Arabs, agricultural theft is ideology. For the Arabs, extorting protection money from Negev farmers is ideology," according to Israeli media.
The rabbi also reportedly called on Jews to actively expel Arabs from within their neighborhoods.
While these comments potentially constitute incitement to racism, Weinstein said he would have difficulty proving in an investigation the same for the religious edict that forbid selling or renting property to non-Jews.
Despite received a number of emails protesting the ruling Eliyahu signed, unless there is a specific call to violence, it is better not to open a criminal investigation on a religious edict, Weinstein said.
My opinion is the opposite, for reasons that are not shayach to post in this blog post.
In any case, I think resolving Tzfat ( In any way) will lead to a rebuilt Jerusalem.
The Shechinah resides in Tzfat while exiled from Jerusalem - Arizal
So why not help the Shechinah on her way to Jerusalem? Radical? Yes. Effective? Also Yes.
Jerusalem 5772...A City Rebuilt With A Beis Hamikdash.
Will Tzfat play its predicted Messianic Role?
...And The Moshiach Will First Appear In The Galillee.