An Open Letter to Rav Aryeh Deri
To the Honorable Rav Aryeh Deri Amv"s,
It is with great disappointment that I learn that you are planning to start your own party called Kavod U’Mesoret. It troubles me greatly that an agreement cannot be made with the party of your youth - the party of your Rav - the party where you belong - Shas.
I am a big admirer of yours and have always felt that you were wrongly accused of wrongdoing. You did not deserve any of the prison sentence you received and throughout the entire ordeal, you handled yourself with class. As a Talmid of Rav Ovadia Shlit"a, you have always been loyal to his party. It therefore saddens me that you would consider veering from your rav's path and blazing your own.
I realize that you have been at odds with the current leader - Eli Yishai. He too is someone I greatly admire. In the name of Ahdut, it is time to bury the hatchet and join him. It makes no difference who the leader is. Will you be like Yeravam Ben Nevat and ask "Mi Barosh?" Just join them in any capacity and you will make the party stronger. And a stronger Shas means more means for spreading Yahadut throughout Eretz Yisrael.
Instead of Ahdut, if the reports are accurate, you have opted for division. The name of the new party ironically is Kavod U'Mesoret. However, if you are chasing after Kavod, you will get none, as it will run away from you. If you seek Masoret (tradition), you will not find it by abandoning the party of Rav Ovadia, who is the guardian of our tradition.
I know that you are a man of honor. Do the honorable thing and join Shas, even if not as leader. If you run away from honor, it will chase after you, and the party of the Sepharadim will be unified.
Disclaimer: I am not an Israeli (at this time) so I have no voting power, but I deeply care about the Jewish people.