Thursday, April 10, 2008

Elon Moreh's Rabbi Levanon Speaks

5 Nisan 5768

The authenticity of the letter recently re-published and distributed reminding the Torah-observant public that one may not trust in Shlomo Aviner's books or articles, nor one may ask him questions regarding ANY issue, has been called into question.

This is a feeble attempt to discredit those of us demanding answers and justice.

Anyone of the rabbinic signatories on the letter may be contacted. The letter's authenticity may be confirmed very easily.

One recent event in the Shomron demonstrates just how desperate Aviner's followers are to legitimize their leader's actions.

A rabbi, who is a resident of Elon Moreh, put up poster-sized announcements bearing the aforementioned letter in his town.

Within a short span of time, the posters were ripped down, even though the very Rabbi of Elon Moreh, Rabbi Eliakim Levanon, is one of the letter's signatories.

Rabbi Levanon called a public meeting in which he was to clear up any doubts about the issue and about his position. In this meeting, he explained that yes he did agree with the letter, and gave his approval to sign his name. He pointed out one of the most compelling problems was Shlomo Aviner's refusal to attend the hearing.

Not all of the residents received the answer they wanted. However, several residents who were previously doubtful, were convinced and recognized the importance of heeding the town's rabbi's opinion on the issue of such public announcements, however unpopular they might be.

Once again, anyone of the rabbinic signatories on the letter may be contacted.