Chief Rabbi: Why Are Professors Protected and Rabbis Not?
Chief Rabbi of Israel Yona Metzger criticized police for summoning for questioning Rabbi Yaakov Yosef and Rabbi Dov Lior regarding their endorsements of the controversial book, "The Torah of the King." The book deals with the laws of killing non-Jews during war-time, and its author, Rabbi Yitzchak Shapira, is under police investigation connected with it. In an early morning raid on his house last month, Rabbi Shapira was arrested and over 30 copies of his book were taken. He was released after several hours.
Neither Rabbi Lior nor Rabbi Yosef arrived at police headquarters for their scheduled questionings. "The Torah is not open to investigation," the rabbis wrote. "The attempts to stop Israel's rabbis from expressing their Torah opinions through fear and threats is a grave act and will not succeed."
Fifty rabbis have signed a letter of support for the rabbis, and on Wednesday this week, a conference will be held in Jerusalem to support the "independence of the Torah."