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Thursday, November 03, 2011

You're doing it wrong...

The headline I saw this morning on YNET News was as follows:

"Minister slams Shalit for going to beach on Shabbat"

It went on to say, "Shas Minister Meshulam Nahari says formerly captive soldier should have gone to synagogue to pray on first Saturday after his return [instead of going to the beach]."

Kinda takes your breath away with the depth and breadth of its insensitivity, no?

But it gets better (or worse, depending on ones' point of view):

'The minister without portfolio, who spoke during a Shas convention earlier this week, said that the party's spiritual leader, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, has charged him with the task of bringing Shalit closer to Judaism." [source]

Um, I'm thinking that once you publicly scold a young man who sat in solitary confinement in Gaza for 5 years, and who is reportedly suffering from various maladies related to lack of sunlight, for wanting to spend an hour or two at the beach with his dad instead of sitting in an unfamiliar synagogue (Gilad wasn't observant before he was captured)... well, you kinda missed the boat on bringing him closer to his judaism.

Memo to Shas: Trying to bring people closer to Judaism? You're doing it wrong!

Posted by David Bogner on November 3, 2011 | Permalink


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Someone ought to send them some pix of Gilad at a strip club dancing with a feather boa around his neck. That ought to make their eyes bug out in ways that would make Marty Feldman jealous.

Posted by: [email protected] | Nov 3, 2011 5:56:30 PM

You can add kiruv to the long list of things we should never leave to a government official. :)

Posted by: psachya | Nov 3, 2011 6:26:41 PM

"Memo to Shas: Trying to bring people closer to Judaism? You're doing it wrong!"

A direct hit!

You have to wonder about the lack of common sense exhibited by such a comment.

Posted by: Ellis | Nov 3, 2011 6:29:57 PM

Do you have to go to synagogue when you're sick and exhausted? Catholics are dispensed from the obligation if they're not well, so I assumed Jewish people were also.

It would be more fitting for people to go pray over him, I'd think. Or, if he went to go give thanks at a synagogue, I'd assume most rabbis would encourage him to do it quickly and then go home and rest.

Posted by: Maureen | Nov 3, 2011 6:58:34 PM

I've been convinced for years that Shas had too many jokers in their deck.

Posted by: At The Back of the Hill | Nov 3, 2011 10:22:04 PM

I have no problem with religious people. Religious fanatics, however, are mostly jackasses, and they come in all flavors.

Posted by: Elisson | Nov 3, 2011 10:27:54 PM

...and how do you know he didnt go to shul that morning, and hit the beach in the afternoon?

Posted by: fred | Nov 4, 2011 12:08:32 AM

Ovadia Yosef is the Glenn Beck of the Jewish world. Open mouth, insert foot.

Posted by: Lena | Nov 4, 2011 12:10:26 AM

What did Glenn Beck do, Lena?

Posted by: ProphetJoe | Nov 4, 2011 6:02:52 PM


"Trying to bring people closer to Judaism? You're doing it wrong!"

i'm not at all a fan of shas and this story in particular disgusts me, however in general one can argue that shas has done much more in the last 20 years to bring people closer to judaism than the dati leumi establishment


"Ovadia Yosef is the Glenn Beck of the Jewish world. Open mouth, insert foot"

ovadia yosef has said some incredibly insensitive and even stupid things over the years. but note that this same brashness (combined with his knowledge as an incredible talmid chacham) also enabled him to stake out controversial (i.e., meikil) positions. for example, it was his determination that freed hundreds of agunot in the wake of the yom kippur war. he is the ovadia yosef, not the glenn beck, of the jewish world.

Posted by: Abba's Rantings | Nov 7, 2011 3:55:19 AM

Do they really think this is the way to get Gilad to become more observant, or his family, for that matter? Sheesh.

Posted by: [email protected] | Nov 7, 2011 12:14:00 PM

Are you blaming Nahari for his own case of treppenwitz?

Posted by: anony | Nov 8, 2011 12:13:24 AM

well at least now I can see why they don't let him carry his own portfolio around

Posted by: Wry Mouth | Nov 10, 2011 8:39:29 AM

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