As part of my recent exploration of the West Bank with Dorot, we paid a visit to Yeshivat Har Etzion, the famed hesder yeshiva located at the Alon Shvut settlement within the Etzion bloc outside Jerusalem.
During our visit, we spent a little over an hour with Rabbi Moshe Lichtenstein, the son of the Gush yeshiva’s esteemed rosh yeshiva, R’ Aharon Lichtenstein, and grandson of the arguable father of modern orthodoxy, Rav Yosef Soloveitchik. In that time, Rabbi Lichtenstein presented a shiur on the subject of disengagement from Gaza, and offered a halakhically sound argument in favor of the withdrawal. He also made it known to us that, if his West Bank residency stood in the way of peace with Palestine, it would be with a heavy heart, but he would in fact move.
I’ll write about this at further length in my next post on OA, but after his talk I went over and thanked him: “You have personally eradicated my belief that all religious settlers are maniacs.” He replied, “Well, keep in mind — I don’t speak for all of them.”
Click here to download the one hour and nine minute shiur in MP3 format. It’s about 50mb and the quality’s not so hot, but… Whaddaya want for free?