Monday, September 16, 2019

דעת תורה

              דעת תורה

For the past few months, the walls of  Yerushalayim are
plastered with posters of pro (Mitzvah) & con (Issur) בחירות.
The one thing they have in common is that both are claiming
to be דעת תורה.

I was wondering, how you can claim דעת תורה when for the last
70 years since the establishment of the State. רוב מנין ורוב בנין of
Gedolei Haposkim, starting with the Chazon Ish etc. held that it
is a Mitzvah or at best not an עבירה to vote In the Israeli elections.

Yes, it is true that the Satmar Rebbe Zt"l was
a גאון הגאונים a צדיק יסוד עולם, קדוש וטהור etc. but even
in such cases, דעת תורה dictates אחרי רבים להטות.

Why shouldn't we have to follow the דעת רבים?

The Rebbe in his Sefer ויואל משה, asks this question.

His answer is that if we are dealing with attaching oneself
and partnering with the Zionist State which is מינות,כפירה,ע"ז
& הפרת הדת then the rule of אחרי רבים להטות is not applicable.

In other words אחרי רבים להטות is applicable for all the Mitzvos
in the Torah even איסורי סקילה וכריתות The one exception where
we do not follow the דעת רבים is having relations with
Minim Kofrom Apikursim.

Hence we have דעת תורה that one may not vote in the טמא
Israeli elections.


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