'Shas - the last to preach us morality'

Tzohar Chairman refers to conversion issue, responds to Minister Aryeh Deri: 'When I'm opposite corrupt Shas party, I'm fine.'

Mordechai Sones,

Rabbis David Stav and Shlomo Riskin, leaders of new conversion courts
Rabbis David Stav and Shlomo Riskin, leaders of new conversion courts
Gershon Elinson/Flash 90

Rabbi David Stav, a co-Chairman of the Or Torah Stone network and Chairman of the Tzohar Rabbinical Organization, issued a sharp attack on the Shas party and its leader.

In a special interview with Arutz Sheva, Rabbi Stav says, "If I stand opposite the corrupt Shas party, I feel fine. They are the last to teach us what Judaism and conversion are."

In his remarks, Rabbi Stav referred to claims made yesterday by Shas chairman Aryeh Deri that Shas is maintaining the status of the rabbinate while the rabbis of religious Zionism are harming it. "Those who founded Badatz Beit Yosef are interested in making money at the expense of the failures of the Chief Rabbinate and are the last to preach us morality. The ones who appointed the most corrupt people, some of whom are going to prison, are the last to preach morality about the status of the Chief Rabbinate."

"The Haredi political world does not like people who are not afraid of it, the haredi political world threatens everyone, there are a lot of people who are haredi rabbis who support us but are afraid to say that," says Rabbi Stav. "We are afraid because of shidduchim, because of livelihood. G-d helped us, thank G-d we are not afraid of them and not of their politicians.

"We will continue to say our words out loud, for the people of Israel, for the Torah of Israel, for the sake of G-d, for Kiddush Hashem, in order to try to wipe out the 'blasphemy' they are doing in the State of Israel. Those who do not follow their path, those who do not listen to the haredi politicians, suffer from their condemnation and their verbal power. The haredi rabbis, who are afraid of them, know this. We are not afraid, we were not afraid and we will not fear," adds Rabbi Stav.

Later in the interview, Rabbi Stav was asked about Women of the Wall's activities and replied, "I personally think that this is a provocation on both sides, and I think they did a provocation. I really think that it is not true that women will come with a prayer shawl and phylacteries to pray at the Western Wall, in a place where it's not customary. On the other hand, I think that if they were ignored and not put into police paddywagons, it would have long ago ended much better for us and the people of Israel.

"It is clear that there should be a solution for the Wall to be conducted in a manner that suits the rules of halakhah as is customary for generations," concludes Rabbi Stav.

"ש"ס - האחרונים שיטיפו לנו מוסר"