Some Great News – Jews Being “Modeh”

According to a Thursday report in Yediot Aharonot, Slonimer Hassidim attending an assembly at the recently reunified Beit Ya’acov school last week apologized to the Sefardi parents and said they’d had no intention of saying the latter were insufficiently observant, which they had implied during the heated affair surrounding the school that recently reached a resolution.

The resolution was accomplished by a simple face-to-face meeting between R. Ovadia Yosef and the Slonimer Rebbe.   My guess is that during the meeting the Slonimer Rebbe was made fully aware of the true circumstances of the situation, including, importantly, the hurt, pain, and disgrace the non-Chassidisha-track Sefardi parents felt, many of whom are baalei-tshuva fully observant according to Sefardi halachic traditions and haskofas.

Notably, the resolution was exactly that proffered by the Sefardi side of the argument – that the students attend school without barriers for the remainder of the school year.  The Slonimer Rebbe would not have accepted this resolution if he believed it would hurt the students.

Rather, I believe, his intention was to stress to his Chassidim that the mitzvah of Jewish unity (the foundation of which is compassion and empathy for our fellow) trumps minhag and idiosyncratic hashkofa.  This intention of emphasis is clear in that the resolution called for the girls to be given a series of classes from Sefardic and Chassidish teachers about the mitzvah of ahavat Yisrael.

Ultimately, the Chassidim were “modeh” and apologized to the Sefardi parents.  Whether they apologized because they believed they were wrong or because they wanted to make peace and stop the fight does not matter. The important thing is that they were “modeh” and stopped arguing – as explained in a previous post, this is the key to redemption.

Baruch HaShem, our Sages have sent a great message, and the students have listened.  The resolution of the “Immanuel Incident” should be a great merit for the Jewish people.


5 Responses to Some Great News – Jews Being “Modeh”

  1. Yonatan says:

    This is the best news I have heard in a long time! אחדות – this is exactly what we need..

  2. A news report worth reporting !!! nice to see and hear. how pleasent it is for bretheren to dwell together in unity.

  3. Sheron says:

    Thank you for printing this inspiring piece of news. I

  4. CS says:

    Bar Kamtza was sent away from the Seuda because the Ba’al HaSeuda and the other guests kept the Chumra of eating B’Tahara. Bar Kamtza was Tamei. What happened now in Emmanuel is as if the Ba’al HaSeuda had gone to Bar Kamtza afterwards, telling him that he did not mean that he is not religious enough. In itself it is good and nice, but as long as the Ba’al HaSeuda did not get rid of his separating Chumrah, could be called a repair? The question is: Are the counting of buttons still an acceptance criterium in Emmanuel?

    • jewishendofdays says:

      Different strokes for different folks are OK, as long as one isn’t arrogant about it.

      And the Ba’al HaSeuda had every right to ask Bar Kamtza to leave, and he should have immediately. But if the Ba’al HaSeuda tried to make his party at Bar Kamtza’s house, that would be a different story.

      Thanks for your insightful comment!

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