In his weekly Parsha class, Rabbi Moshe Shternbuch, Ra’avad of the “Eidah Chareidis,” expounds on timely topics connected to the daily charedi life in Israel.
During the past week Rabbi Shternbuch spoke about chinuch strategies, and emphasized that friends in yeshiva and girls’ schools are a very important component in chinuch. “Only when children connect with good friends they can be successful in learning and follow the path of Torah”, said Rabbi Shternbuch.
Rabbi Shternbuch addressed the topic of the Torah’s outlook on relationships with Jews who desecrate the Shabbos. Rabbi Shternbuch quoted the “Vayoel Moshe” of Satmar who wrote that although it is true that today we cannot stone those Jews who desecrate the Shabbos, however, we must remember that according to Halacha the punishment for chillul Shabbos is stoning.”
Rabbi Shternbuch elaborated, saying that the practical difference when observing a Jew in the act of chilul Shabbos, r”l, the proper way to view him is that this Jew is guilty of a capital offense punishable by stoning.
When Rabbi Shternbuch was asked previously by a wealthy man if he must sell his shares in the “BIG’ company that began to desecrate Shabbos, Rabbi Shternbuch replied unhesitatingly: “You must disassociate yourself with the company in order not to partner in chillul Shabbos.”
(photo: kobi katz)