Former Sephardi chief Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu used the one month anniversary of the massacre at Mercaz Harav rabbinical seminary by offering his own unique take on the value of a human life: insisting that the life of a single Jew should be re-paid by 1000 Arab lives. He clearly explained that this was not just him talking, it was the “revenge” ordained by God.
Eliyahu told the crowd: “Even when we seek revenge, it is important to make one thing clear – the life of one yeshiva boy is worth more than the lives of 1,000 Arabs . . . The Talmud states that if gentiles rob Israel of silver they will pay it back in gold, and all that is taken will be paid back in folds, but in cases like these there is nothing to pay back, since as I said – the life of one yeshiva boy is worth more than the lives of 1,000 Arabs.” He also sought to establish a life-to-yeshiva ratio: calling on the government to decree that for every life lost in the attack another yeshiva and community will be built.
If nothing else, Eliyahu seems to have finally bridged a gap with Islamic extremists and shown some shared hateful principles, click here.
It seems that moderates on both sides have much work to do.
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