Friday, May 31, 2013

YWN Reports Rabbis Urge Boycott Of Israeli Day Parade Thanks To Gays Marching In It

 My comment are in bold
 see our previous story on this issue

The following article was submitted to YWN by the writer, Alan Betsalel Friedlander. It has not been edited in any form by YWN, and presented in its entirety below:
The Celebrate Israel Parade is an event attended heavily by Modern Orthodox Jewish attendees. A group listed only by its initials as a participant in this year’s parade participants list actually has a hidden agenda. In a brazen attempt to force Orthodox Jews to accept their way of life at the Torah’s expense, the understanding that was maintained for two decades has been overturned, without asking for Rabbinic authorization.
In the 1990′s Rabbi Aharon Soloveichik, Zt”l (OBM), protested against showing tolerance toward homosexuals as a public marching group at the Celebrate Israel Parade. Up until last year, his advice had been heeded. Avi Goldstein brought this to the attention of the community this year and so many leading Rabbis have signed a letter that proclaims:
Avi Goldstien's letter only pushed for a boycott of the parade, in order to prevent the gays from marching under the banner of a issur. He does not endorse protesting at the parade against them.

This is someone else's letter (I don't know who wrote this letter)
”Any participation in any event that includes so called “Orthodox” groups, who in any way condone or support toevah (abomination), or a deviant way of life, is asur (forbidden). Whoever is a participant or spectator is an assistant to a sinful matter. Such a brazen public chilul HaShem (desecration of the Divine Name) needs to be denounced.
Co-Signatory Rabbi Yehuda Sheinkopf said the following: “We could not let this group march under a banner of Orthodoxy without a response that this is not Orthodoxy, is it contrary to the Torah. These rabbis feel that it must be known that to join with such a group is assisting their agenda which is contrary to the Torah.”
Rabbi Yisroel Belsky gave a heter (leniency) if due to the short notice for someone who feels committed to the event what should they do so they can still attend without violating halacha. The answer was on condition that they protest the participation of the forbidden group(s).
If you wish to protest this event, the 2013 Parade occurs this Sunday, June 2, from 11 AM to 4PM in Manhattan on Fifth Avenue from 57th Street to 74th.
Due to the late nature of disclosure, this list of signatories (in alphabetical order) is still being populated even as this story goes to press.
Rabbi Yisroel Belsky
Rabbi Eliyahu Elbaz
Rabbi Eliezer Ginzburg
Rabbi Yosef Rabinowitz
Rabbi Aharon Moshe Schechter
Rabbi Moshe Scheinerman
Rabbi Avrohom Schorr
Rabbi Yehuda Sheinkopf

(YWN World Headquarters – NYC)
This is picture from last year (the first year that gays were allowed to march) shows why Rav Ahron Soloveichik ZTL fought so hard against gays marching in the parade

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