amselem - Alex Levac - November 29 2010
Amselem. At odds with Shas. Photo by Alex Levac
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One of the sons of Shas' spiritual leader accused renegade MK Chaim Amsellem of causing Israel's drought due to his "wordly" views.

"The Rambam [Maimonides] shows us how to bring rain, and the Rambam writes that faith is not only to correct a person's wrong acts, but also wrong views, the thoughts that lead him to be carried away by false views," said Rabbi Avraham Yosef, the chief rabbi of Holon, in an interview on the ultra-Orthodox radio station, Kol Hai.

The son of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef commented mostly on Rabbi Amsellem's criticism of ultra-Orthodox who study Torah and do not work, and his statement that making Torah a profession works for only a small number of people. These people are those who will become religious judges, experts on jurisprudence and yeshiva heads, said Amsellem.

Yosef said, "Those who study Torah are the generation's defenders, soldiers at the front lines. Without them, God forbid, we have no existence; we have no air to breathe."