Rabbi Shalom Gold of the Union of Rabbis for the Jewish People spoke on Monday during the support rally for Rabbis Dov Lior and Yaakov Yosef, who had been arrested and questioned over their “haskama” (approbation) for the Torat Hamelech book.
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“We are law abiding citizens, but there is one law that stands above the law of the State and that law is the law of the Torah,” Rabbi Gold clarified. “There is nothing that will stand in the way of our loyalty to Torat Yisrael, Am Yisrael and Eretz Yisrael!”
He said that despite the fact that Rabbis Lior and Yosef had been interrogated, their honor and integrity have not diminished in any way. “I’m afraid that the real honor that was diminished was the honor of the police of the State.
“If I were in Hollywood I’d have a movie that I can make about the arrest of Rabbi Lior,” he said. “I imagine the police sending out the great message across the whole country: ‘Rabbi Lior is in our hands.’ This was the great accomplishment of the police! They were able to stop him on the road and apprehend him.”
He added that at a time when the whole world is against Israel, the country must send a message of unity from within.
“Anything that diminishes that unity is a terrible weakness of the Jewish people,” said Rabbi Gold. “Our responsibility, therefore, is to make certain that we will add Ahavat Yisrael (love of Israel), Ahavat Eretz Yisrael (love for the land of Israel), and Ahavat Torat Yisrael (love for Israel’s Torah).”