The chief rabbi is denied entry into the US as if a terrorist. Who is he?
The Sages of the Talmud tell us that G^d promised to make the children of our leaders small generally, so that the Jewish People won’t be lorded over by dynasties. However, Rabbi Shmuel is the son of one of Israel’s greatest rabbis in the last 50 years, but a monumental rabbi in his own right too.
Ultra-Orthodox Chief Rabbi
City rabbis have a special position. Until now, most of them are ultra-Orthodox. But, if they work faithfully, most of their interactions are with Jews who are not ultra-Orthodox. If they are truly for the people, they will reserve their principled exclusiveness for home and moderation outside.
Leading the War Against Sexual Predators
Already when sexual abuse was not talked about, let alone reported, and especially by respectable people in the ultra-Orthodox community, he set up a nationwide special tribunal to investigate, recommend, and report. Much sexual coercion was prevented by his intrusion and ostracization.
For Organ Donations
There is a grave difference of opinion between the current Jewish arbiters regarding the moment of death in accordance with Jewish Law. The son-in-law of Rabbi Moshe Feinstein was a biologist and gave, what I thought were compelling arguments, but leading rabbis still disagreed with him.
That seriously impedes organ transplants. When can they be harvested?
Rabbi Eliyahu stepped in and enabled many cases, saving countless lives.
Against Jews and Muslims Living Apart Together
Rabbi Eliyahu is trashed for speaking out against Jews and Muslims living together. However, most Jews understand they should not tempt their children to intermarry and most Muslims want intermarriage even less.
In Christian lands, where all are proclaimed equal (instead of equal before the law), this is frowned upon. Especially, by those for whom ethnicity is merely a cultural thing, and religion only an on the side hobby.
Calling this rabbi (and most Israelis) racists from a land whose visa papers still ask for skin color says more about them than anyone else. When outsiders feel free to lecture Israelis, you only need to look inside their country to see the beam in their eye, why they scream about our splinter.
Mizrachic/Arab Jews have no Reform/Conservative/Orthodox divisions, unlike White/Ashkenazic Jews. The pot calls the kettle black when White/Ashkenazic Jews call Black/Arab/Mizrachic/Israeli Jews racist.
True, this rabbi is harsh about Gays, etc. I’m the last one to justify this. But all Orthodox rabbis are guilty of this by association. And, don’t assume that non-Orthodox rabbis are any better. As a group, they don’t value Gay orientation. Rather, they don’t care as all things private go in their vision.
To go after this rabbi because of this is just ridiculous.
Bullied by US Baseless Hatred
So, the attempt by holier-than-thou Jews in the US to block this rabbi from entering the US reveals only that they are not proud of their own religious stance. Because those who are don’t need to be intolerant toward others.
Jews should give a moral example. That cannot include the despicable idea that I need to trample you to feel good about myself.
To ban Rabbi Eliyahu from entering the US is their loss. And moral defeat.