It has come to our attention by way of the Life In Israel blog that Rabbi Steinman has approval to begin allowing workers back into Modi'in Elite, the site of the terrorist acts committed almost three weeks ago.
Click here for the background behind Rabbi Steinman's decision.
We at Avodah Ivrit blog respect Rabbi Steinman, but would like to express our disappointment in his decision, and encourage him to reconsider his decision.
There is not only the issue of piqu'ah nefesh to consider, but there is also the issue as to whether we are in a current state of war with the people in question.
Even if Rabbi Steinman were not to hold this way, there is also the general concern of not violating the negative commandment of Lo Tehohem, something we would like all rabbis in Israel to consider.
We are not to make easy for goyim to remain in the Land, and to assist them in supporting themselves, save for gerei toshav.
According to Haredi news site Lada'at.net, Modi'in Elite (Qiriyat Sefer) will not be allowing Arab workers into the town until further notice. The decision was the result of the meeting between the mayor and the community council.
Apparently, the decision has the blessing of the city's rabbi, Rabbi Guterman.
The Avodah Ivrit Blog wishes them success, yet also reminds them that the community council of the town of Ofra tried to do the same thing. The council backed down from its decision, though, when one Ofra resident threatened to sue the town for discriminating against his Arab contractor who held Israeli citizenship,...and who also happened to employ Arabs with residency under the Palestinian Authority.
Aside from that, it will be interesting to monitor additional "incidents" which on the surface, are claimed to be a result of Israel's action in Gaza.
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