Rabbi Moshe Aryeh Freund, Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem (1904-1996)

Whoever votes in the election has a portion in the defiled regime. By going out to vote, they give strength to the defiled regime, a regime of heretics whose entire goal is to leave behind the holy Torah, may G-d spare us. Anyone who goes out to vote has a share in all the sins that are committed there in the heretical Knesset. By voting, one professes belief in the defiled idol, and becomes a partner in it, via his representatives who sit there in that defiled place, committing severe sins equivalent to all the other sins in the Torah. (Speech given prior to elections.)

I have already said many times that at times like this, when G-d’s name is being desecrated from one end of the world to the other by the actions of the Zionists and their collaborators, we have a holy obligation to raise our voices like a ram’s horn and announce before the entire world and all its nations that we have no connection with these actions, and that according to the true Torah view we are obligated to seek peace with the nations of the world and not to start fights with them. We rely only on G-d to redeem us from this bitter exile at the time when He sees fit. Our act of protest is a great sanctification of G-d’s name, and in this merit surely G-d will have mercy on His poor people, turn aside His anger and redeem us eternally. Because the sin of forcing the end of exile is what is holding back our redemption, and conversely, in the merit of our placing our trust in G-d and not taking any physical action to force the end, we hasten the redemption, may it be soon. (Ateres Yehoshua, Vayikra p. 4)

At a time like this, it is a great obligation upon us to raise our voices like a ram’s horn in a mighty protest that will be heard from one end of the world to the other, to make known to all that according to our true Torah we are obligated to seek peace with the gentile nations among whom we live, and certainly not to arouse conflict with them, as Scripture says, “Seek the peace of the city wherein I have exiled you and pray to G-d on its behalf, for with its peace you will have peace” (Jeremiah 29:7). And on the contrary, it is forbidden for us to do any act to rebel against the nations or force the end of our exile, to take redemption and a state before the coming of the messiah. And certainly it is forbidden to do such abominable acts as have been done [by the Zionists], for all these acts not only do not bring redemption and salvation to the Jewish people, but on the contrary they cause our misfortunes to increase more and more, may G-d spare us. (Ateres Yehoshua, Vayakhel, p. 236)


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