Thursday, November 20, 2014

Rabbi Yosef : Anyone With A Gun License Should Carry Firearm On Shabbat

I remember, when the Black Panthers were encouraging violence, the saintly Rav Meir Kahana z"l, said,  "Every Jew, a 22" and advocated Jews carrying a firearm on Shabbos, he got flak from the New York "gedoilim"!
Now that the heats on... its ok!
- Eddie Dreben seen wearing his usual, old fashioned, outdoor clothing and weapons, in the synagogue of his home in Hebron, the West Bank, on April 23, 2014. 

Rabbi David Yosef, one of the four members of Shas’ Council of Torah Sages, said on Thursday that anyone who has a valid gun license is obligated to carry his weapon this Shabbat in light of the heightened security threat experienced in Jerusalem and other parts of the country in recent days and weeks.
He also said that synagogue administrators ensure that there is a charged cell phone available in their synagogue over the Sabbath in case of emergency.
In general, carrying a cell phone and firearm on Shabbat is not permitted according to Jewish law, but Yosef ruled that the possibility that such items could help save lives would override these prohibitions.
The country was shaken this week by the bloody terrorist attack that was carried out in the haredi neighborhood of Har Nof in which four worshippers at the Kehilat Bnei Torah synagogue were killed by two Palestinian residents of east Jerusalem, along with a police officer who was shot during an exchange of gunfire with the killers. He died Wednesday morning from his wounds.
Yosef is a resident of Har Nof and serves as the neighborhood rabbi there.
“If there is even a one in a hundred chance that by doing a certain action someone might save a person’s life then they are obligated to do so, so that we may live by God’s commandment’s, not die by them,” Yosef said, in reference to a principle of Jewish law, on the Kol Barama haredi radio station on Thursday morning.
“There is a fear that has taken hold of us, we’re all worried and looking left and right, and this is fine, but we must ask if we’re overstepping the mark or not,” he continued.
“In light of the current danger, I think that anyone who has a gun license should carry it [his gun] on Shabbat… There should also be a telephone available in synagogues… If the premises are big then there should be two or three,” Yosef said.

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