Israel’s Chief Rabbi: the Left is the Devil

Posted: September 30th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: The Left, The Right | Tags: , , , | 3 Comments »

Yom Kippur prayer, the central synagogue in Jerusalem. Israel’s Chief Rabbi, Yona Metzger, explains to all presents that “the Left is the Devil”:

“Left is the devil, it is “Yetzer Ha-ra” [יצר הרע, the evil urge in a man], but on this day [Yom Kippur], when Satan can’t control us, Left and Right can pray together. The right is vital, lively and brave, and the left is Satan, the evil…[but] on Yom Kippur all of us unite together in prayer”

Metzger’s strange sermon was reported by Eliezer Yaari, the head of Israel New Fund, a left-leaning NGO, who was present at the central synagogue and wrote about it an article in Yediot Ahronoth Daily Paper (here is a link to a scan in Hebrew).

What makes the incident important is the fact that the Chief Rabbi is an official position in Israel and theoretically equal in its statues to the chief justice in the Supreme Court. Metzger could have claimed that he was misunderstood, and didn’t mean to refer to “left” and “right” as in politics, but so far there was no response from the Chief Rabbi or his office.

10 years ago Benjamin Netanyahu whispered on Rabbi Caduri’s ear that  “the leftists have forgot how to be Jewish” and all hell broke out, but these were different times.

(Above: Robert Mitchum doing his Yona Metzger impersonation)

3 Comments on “Israel’s Chief Rabbi: the Left is the Devil”

  1. 1 tamar said at 8:37 am on September 30th, 2009:

    Do you find instances such as this best responded to with no response? Silence. Ignoring. Yom Kippur notwithstanding, some of these folks are incorrigible and maybe only, if then, on their death beds repent for the bilious hatred and warfare their tongues have helped unleash.

  2. 2 noam said at 9:42 am on September 30th, 2009:

    Tamar – I once did think that in these kinds of cases the best response is no response, but in the last couple of years hate talk and racism have become so common in Israel, that I don’t know if we can ignore it anymore. Maybe it’s best if each and every case would be made public, expose and condemned. What else can we do?

  3. 3 rlandes said at 11:00 am on October 4th, 2009:

    i’m a bit confused here. altho i’m not condoning calling the left evil, it hardly seems the right has a monopoly on such demonizing. indeed, it’s been a habit of the left to demonize israel, compare it to the nazis (moral sadism) and to apartheid (rhetorical excess at best). were you planning on exposing and condemning that?