Saturday, July 21, 2012

Agudah responds to Viznnitz rebbe call not to attend Siyum hashas

According to a report Here, The Agudah's Rabbi Becker responds to the Viznitz rebbe of EY who was supposed to attend the Siyum following his vacation in the UK. The rebbe has decided to boycott the Siyum due to the presence of Rabbi Lau who represents the Zionist state. The rebbe will instead return to Eretz Yisrael and celebrate the Siyum hashas there. It appears the rebbes uncle The Viznitz rebbe from Monsey issued the call not to attend since amongst the speakers there will be Zionist Rabbis referring to Rabbi Lau.

Rabbi Becker explained that a delegation from Agudah went recently to EY and invited Rabbi Lau to represent the Holocaust survivors who were moser nefesh for torah. They invited Rav Yaakov Hillel as well to represent the Sefardi population.

 Rabbi Shlomo Gertzulin of the Agudah was on the Zev Brenner show  he said while the rebbe is a gadol whose views are respected and does not need our haskama and for reason of his choosing is not in favor of his chassidim participating. On the other hand the Agudah is guided by the Moetzes gedolei hatorah and all issues pertaining to the siyum hashas as well. We are looking forward to a tremendous event other chasidim will be participating too. The stadium is sold out and other venues are currently in the making. The Klausenberger rebbe will attend the siyum and he is slated to speak too.

Rabbi Becker said that It is very unfortunate that in the three weeks continues baseless hatred, even at a gathering that signifies more than anything the unity of klal yisrael - the Achdus of Torah study ".

However, he added, that Viznitz - U.S. and Satmar never took part in the initiatives and events of Agudath Israel of America.
As a result, there is no  expected reduction in the number of participants, "I wish we had another 10 thousand places, we are flooded with thousands of requests from people begging for tickets. We are doing everything to try to find other places near the stadium, already filled to capacity.


  1. my name is nobodyJuly 26, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    What would Rav Elchonon Wasserman do in this situation? That is the question.

    I would rather have the whole world against me and Hashem on my side than have the whole world with me and Hashem against me.

    Should the "Othrodox" boycott the "Modern Othrodox"?

    What do you think.

    I do not know How Rabbi Avigdor MIller Z"Y"E Z"L would have reacted to this.