Finance Minister Yair Lapid lashed out against the members of the ultra-Orthodox parties in the Knesset on Monday, accusing them of preventing the coming of the Messiah.
In response to no-confidence vote accusing finance minister of inciting against and harassing haredim, Lapid accuses haredim of comparing secular women to prostitutes and comparing him personally to Hitler.
During a session of the Knesset plenum, Lapid spoke on behalf of the coalition in response to a series of no-confidence motions submitted by the opposition, focusing mainly on a motion submitted by the United Torah Judaism faction, titled “The finance minister’s incitement and harassment against the haredi public in efforts to divert attention from the austerity measures imposed on the general public, thus promoting extremism among the people.”
“You accuse me of incitement?” Lapid asked, incredulous. “Your [haredi] media compares all secular women to prostitutes and all secular youths to drug addicts and hedonists. And that’s before we discuss the recent editorial in [the ultra-Orthodox paper] Yated Ne’eman that compared me to Hitler.
“Does telling the haredi public that I want the exact same rights for them as I do for my own son constitute harassment?” Lapid inquired. “Does expecting them to honor the fourth commandment constitute harassment? It says ‘Six days you shall labor and do all your work’ not ‘six days you shall receive government stipends and the secular people shall labor.’
“We are not the Messiah’s donkey,” Lapid went on to say. “That is what we have been for too long. It won’t bring the Messiah. It will keep the Messiah away. Anyone who accuses others of incitement is merely adding to the hatred in Israel, and adding to hatred keeps the Messiah away.”
Lapid also addressed the accusation that the expected austerity measures are unfair to the haredi public, saying “we believe that the cuts to the yeshiva budget will not harm the Torah world. It will only mean that people will go to work in the morning and study Torah at night, just like our forefathers. If you want to help the poor, help them join the workforce. You want to help the people of Israel? Stop the incitement and the harassment. No one hates anyone and no one is out to get anyone.”
The haredi MKs in attendance refrained from responding to Lapid’s diatribe.
What a blessing. Think if your own Parliament would have had political debates like this, arguments about who is representing the Messiah, and who is not?
This debate in Knesset, symbolizes the debate that takes place in many home in Israel. While there is little left but silence and dead Christianity in Europe and America, the debate heats up in the Jewish world Even among secular Jews, the issue of the Messiah is on the table.
In regards to secular and religious Jews not “being donkey’s of the Messiah”, and Lapid’s attack on Orthodox Jewish rabies, much can be said. In ancient Israel there was a priesthood of Levy, who did not work. They were priests of the Torah, and performed religious rituals. After the destruction of the second Temple, there is no need for Temple priesthood.
The Messiah established a new Royal priesthood, of all who were ready to believe in Him. All believers are priests of the Most High God.
You will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.’
1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
No verse in the Bible gives all of us instruction to leave our work, and become New Testament “levites”. Paul the Apostles worked day and night, earning a living as a tent maker.
We are instructed to be a witness wherever we are. Being a teacher or a policeman, you do represent the living God in words and deeds, 24/7. You are supposed to read your Bible, know your Bible, and share truth with others.
I wish that all my brethren in both the Christian and Jewish community were able to see this.
Written by Ivar