“The most effective words in line with what is our identity and the values that we want to show the president has spoken Rivlin: is not our way, not the way of the people of Israel.” These statements of Giuseppe Momigliano, president of the Assembly of Rabbis of Italy, to strongly condemn, on behalf of all the Italian rabbinate, the bloody events of the last hours: a stake in the Palestinian village of Kfar Douma, where little Ali Saad Dawabsheh lost life, and homophobic attack against protesters of the Gay Pride in Jerusalem. Religious fanaticism is the common root of the two horrendous incidents.
Momigliano continues: “These are acts contrary to any Jewish value. It is therefore important that against this barbarism should rise a strong voice, a single face that comes from the rabbinate to civil society. And from the words you walk immediately to the actions. What is happening in Israel at this time give us a good hope. “Even the chief rabbi of Rome did not spare strong tones of condemnation: “All these behaviors have nothing to do with Jewish law, the halakha. Nothing more to add.”
Even Benedetto Carucci Viterbi, dean of the Jewish schools of Rome, covers this topic. A reflection that starts from the commandment “not kill”. And Rav Pierpaolo Pinhas Punturello, representative for Italy organization Shavei Israel, insisted: “The act of a haredi who stabbed protesters at the Gay Pride in Jerusalem and the brutal burning of a house near Ramallah resulting in death a child 18 months old, crush, with no possibility of breath, the horizons of my Jewish identity.” Rabbi Adolfo Locci, chief rabbi of Padua, citing the passage from Deuteronomy that says, “You shall love the Lord your God,” says: “The masters of the Midrash teaches that this verse refers to the love of God that we must give birth in others, as did Abraham our father. It is not sufficient, to fulfill this mitzvah, our personal love, above all we must consider what we can bring out in others through our teaching and our example. Woe to those who are ashamed of the Torah and the people of Israel.