Elections 2015: Last Shabbat, a Shabbatton of the association of the Kisei Rahamim institutions, headed by the spiritual leader of the "Yahad - Ha'am Itanu" Party, the Ga'on Rav Meir Mazuz [Shlit"a], with the participation of the Rishon Letzion and Chief Rabbi of Yerushalayim, the Ga'on Rav Shelomo Moshe Amar [Shlit"a].
When Shabbat was over, the Ga'on Rav Meir Mazuz spoke to hundreds of his students and related to the upcoming elections and to the party that he heads, as the Rishon Letzion, the Ga'on Rav Shelomo Amar and the party chairman MK Eli Yishai were seated next to him.
With an exclusive video that came to "Kikar Hashabbat", Rav Mazuz is heard saying:
The gemara in Sanhedrin says [Yeravam Ben Nevat asked Hashem:] מי בראש? בן ישי בראש [Who is at the head? The son of Yishai is at the head.] The word "בן" equals 52. The word "אליהו" equals 52. The gemara says that Eliyahu Yishai is at the head.
Rav Mazuz related to the Mahloket in the community and said:
The world thinks that we are from the Dor Hapelaga. I thought the following: those who vote for Shas hear that they want to go with the left, so thousands and myriads who love Eretz Yisrael - where will they go? Either they won't vote at all or they'll go to Yeravam Ben Nevat, so what should we do? Now, we will have some more [people voting].
Rav Mazuz added and said:
I thought that everyone would understand me, that we will have an agreement with Shas, but they didn't understand me. They went and fought. So, we have no choice, we will Be'ezrat Hashem, have 12 seats.
The audience and those at the dais together with Rav Amar answered "Amen".
At this stage, Rav Mazuz specified that there would be Ko'ach  seats [to the Haredi parties] - 8 seats for Shas, 8 seats for UTJ, and 12 seats for the Yahad party.
Rav Mazuz verbally attacked the former finance minister and said:
We have a finance minister whom Hashem has given him all the foolishness in the world. 10 tons of foolishness came down to the world. 9½ was taken by Ya'ir Lapid, there's nothing to do about it. He says that he is the master of the state, but he is the fool of the state. "יבטל" [he will be nullified] is Rashei Teivot of יאיר בן טומי לפיד [Ya'ir Ben Tommy Lapid].
Toward the end of his words, Rav Mazuz related to the storm around going up to Har Habayit and said:
Hashem gave us this land, the land will remain ours and our children's forever, including Har Habayit, including everything. Only the Bayit [Beit Hamikdash] we cannot enter in the meantime until Mashiah comes.
Rav Chaim Kanievsky: BE"H, If One Learns Hilchot Shevi'it and Keeps its Laws, Mashiah will Come Motza'ei Shevi'it
Ladaat reports that Rav Kanievsky was presented with a new Sefer on the laws of Shevi'it called "הליכות השביעית" by Rav Menachem Mendel Pomerantz Shlit"a. When he received the Sefer, he said the Yiddish equivalent of "Baruch Hashem, the public is learning about Shemita."
While holding the Sefer in his hands, he said the following (quoted in Ladaat):
אמרו חז"ל: במוצאי שביעית בן דוד בא. החזון איש אמר שאם לא לומדים הלכות שביעית, אזי לא ניתן להגדיר זאת כ'שביעית'. וממילה ההבטחה של חז"ל תבוא בעזרת ה', אחרי שבשביעית ילמדו את ההלכות וייקמו אותן כדבעי, אזי בעזר ה' במוצאי שביעית יבוא בן דוד ויגאלנו.
Haza"l said: On Motza'ei Shevi'it, Ben David comes. The Hazon Ish said that if people do not learn the laws of Shevi'it, then one cannot categorize this as "Shevi'it". And it follows that the promise of Haza"l will come with Hashem's help when on Shevi'it, people will learn the laws and keep it properly, then on Motza'ei Shevi'it, Ben David will come and redeem us.
Who is "yaak"?
I'm a half-Sepharadi, half-Ashkenazi, Haredi Zionist. I hope that clears it all up. :-)
I went to a Haredi elementary school, a mixed Haredi/modern high school, Haredi Yeshiva in Israel, and back to a mixed Yeshiva after that. I have a masters degree in computer science and Semicha.
BA"H Mash'ala, I'm married to a wonderful wife with 6 great children.
Hoping to meet each one of my readers in Yerushalayim when we are Olim LeRegel there very soon...