Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Rav Shteinman explains statement of לא תעמוד על דם רעך

Harav Aaron Leib Shteinman shlilta spoke recently on the Achrayus of  voting in the upcoming Israeli elections it was reported in his name that the upcoming elections are a matter of “life and death” and one who does not vote has transgressed ‘לא תעמוד על דם רעך”.  However the next day the Rav explained that he did not mean to say that you are transgressing rather it is  LIKE the lav of 
 לא תעמוד על דם רעך. Since that Lav only pertains to a sakana Gashmiyus when one sees his friend in a sakanah and does not save him.
“we know that we are all responsible for one another, and this responsibility pertains to the individual and even more so when we are talking about the communal level.” The rav stressed the importance of voting for UTJ, Rav Shteinman said when there are elections there is oppurtunity and we must take advantage and vote to protect the Torah. He compared the situation to a Fire burning and one refuses to help or save live. After the Shiur it was pointed out that the Minchas Chinuch in Mitzva 239 is of the opinion that the lav pertains to Hatzalah Ruchniyus too.

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