Wednesday, September 21, 2022

דעת תורה


                        דעת תורה

For the next few weeks, the walls of  Yerushalayim, Bnei Brak etc.
will be plastered with posters of pro (Mitzvah) & con (Issur) בחירות.
(Israeli elections)

The one thing they have in common is that both are claiming
to be דעת תורה.

I was wondering, how can you claim דעת תורה when for the past
70 years since the establishment of the State. רוב מנין ורוב בנין of
גדולי הדור -וגדולי הפוסקים, starting with the חזון איש, 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, הרה"ג ר' יואל טייטלבוים זצוק"ל
was a ,גאון הגאונים, צדיק יסוד עולם, קדוש וטהור, ת"ח מובהק etc.
but even in such cases, דעת תורה dictates אחרי רבים להטות.

Why shouldn't they 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 joining
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 to all the
Mitzvos in the Torah even חיובי סקילה וכריתות etc. The one
exception, where we do not follow the דעת רבים, is having
relations with מינים כופרים ואפיקורסים by participating in the
טומאה דיגע  Zionist elections.

ולא זכיתי להבין דבריו הקדושים. If the רבים says to join & partner
with מינות,כפירה,ע"ז then it is understandable not to follow
the רבים.
However, if the מחלוקת is wheater going to elections is
considered joining the מינות,כפירה,ע"ז or on the contrary
it's considered fighting מינות,כפירה,ע"ז why shouldn't the 
rule of  אחרי רבים להטות apply?
Otherwise all מחלוקת in the whole מסכת עבודה זרה we
should Pasken לחומרא and disregard the other צד even
where you have a רבים.




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