Rav Mazuz Shlit"a: Shas is Rashei Teivot "Shehora and Seruga"
There were 3 separate big events for religious Sepharadim in Israel yesterday.
One was the coronation of Rav Shalom Cohen Shlit"a as the new "Maran" of the Shas party. He will now lead the Mo'etzet as its president, a position left vacant since the passing of Maran Rav Ovadia Yosef ZT"L six months ago. Rav David Yosef Shlit"a gave the introduction speech, as one can see here. In his own speech, Rav Cohen called for Ahdut within the party, saying the worst blow is when there is no Ahdut. Rav Cohen later went to see the Rishon Letzion Rav Yitzhak Yosef Shlit"a. Rav Yosef asked Rav Cohen to assist in preventing the "wave of anti-religious legislation that is set to cause a Hurban in Medinat Yisrael". Rav Cohen noted there that public figures should really listen to Da'at Torah and not consider it just a recommendation.
The second was a Kabbalat Penei Rabbo BeRegel event for the Rishon Letzion Rav Yitzhak Yosef Shlit"a in Yeshivat Hazon Ovadia.
The third was a Kabbalat Penei Rabbo BeRegel event for the Rishon Letzion Rav Shelomo Moshe Amar Shlit"a. Attending was Rav Mazuz Shlit"a, Rav Benayahu Shmueli Shlit"a, and MKs Eli Yishai and Nissim Ze'ev. Ladaat reports (with a video) that Rav Mazuz gave a speech there saying that Shas (ש"ס) is Rashei Teivot for Shehora and Seruga - meaning that both those with black Kippot and those with knitted Kippot have a place within the party. The video camera panned to the audience showing quite a few Kippot Serugot in attendance.
May we only have Ahdut in Kelal Yisrael, Amen.
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