Thursday, June 30, 2011

Torat HaMelech - Epilogue

I just saw this on Matzav. I guess I am in good company. Here are the relevant portions of the post:

Chacham Ovadiah Yosef, head of Shas’ Moetzet Chachmei Hatorah, said yesterday that he is opposed to the Sefer Toras Hamelech, at least partially because it is considered hisgarus ba’umos (antagonizing the nations).

“We should give considerable attention to the nations of the world and not assist in a writing that could be interpreted as racist,” Rav Ovadiah said. “The Torah respects everyone since everyone was created b’tzelem Elokim (in G-d’s image).”

Rav Yosef also added that “the petition against renting apartments to Arabs was also unnecessary.”Italic

Sefer Toras Hamelech features a theoretical halachic discussion of killing a non-Jew during wartime… Italic

Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv was also quoted by various sources as objecting to Toras Hamelech.

“There are people who do not understand that the Jewish people do not live only in Israel,” Rav Elyashiv was quoted as having said. “Such writings can bring danger to the lives of Jews abroad. We are playing with fire here and are endangering other Jews.”