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The Bostoner Rebbe Endorses Yachad, While Voting UTJ, and Other Interesting Positions

By Gldmeier @gldmeier
Rav Meir Horowitz, the Bostoner Rebbe in Har Nof, called for an unusual and interesting press conference yesterday.
In his press conference the Rebbe made his announcement about elections. Rav Horowitz said that he will be voting UTJ, as he always does, as he is connected to Aguda and his father was. However, Rav Horowitz said, Yachad should be considered a Haredi party , but as somebody who comes from a democratic country and believes in that method of governance, anybody who finds the issues of Torat Yisrael, Klal Yisrael, and Eretz Yisrael important but also wants to vote for a Haredi party should vote for Yachad.
The Bostoner Rebbe endorses Yachad, while voting UTJ, and other interesting positionssource: Kikar
This is the first endorsement for Yachad that I have heard from anybody connected to the classic Haredi parties.
NRG has a little bit more of what Rav Horowitz said, and I can only wonder why Kikar left it out...
The Bostoner Rebbe also said, according to NRG, said that he is thankful that we, the haredim, do not have a majority in the Knesset. he said that he fears the day they will have 61 MKs, as he does not know how one can run a country with the responsibility of keeping the Torah - for example, in the modern world, how can you close an airport on Shabbos, and added that thank God they don't come to him asking such questions..
Another interesting and unusual talking point was a brief discussion about religious homosexuals. Rav Horowitz praised such people for being moser nefesh, fully dedicated and committed, to keeping tha Torah, as he says he has offered shidduchim that were rejected seemingly for such reasons, and that he feels the pain of the reality they live in. Rav Horowitz did suggest that such people could get married, as some women just want to have children and would be willing to be in such a relationship just for that sake.
Rav Horowitz admitted, when talking about Yachad, that there are anti-democracy people and influences in the Haredi community. Because of that many people hold their tongue and don't say what they really believe - because some people are always looking to catch somebody for somethign he said, while ignoring the intent. People are afraid of the extremists in the community who forcibly have taken control.
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