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Religious affairs minister says death threats causing him ‘a wretched feeling’

17 9 16

Religious Affairs Minister Matan Kahana said on Saturday that recent death threats against him, including religious edicts invoking his death, have given him “a wretched feeling.”

Kahana has faced threats as he pushes ahead with profound reforms of Israel’s religious services that are deeply unpopular with the country’s ultra-Orthodox community.

Kahana, a member of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s right-wing Yamina party, is a strictly religious Orthodox Jew. He says his initiatives are aimed at strengthening Israel’s Jewish character.

He has been assigned additional security in recent days due to threats against him, including din rodef and pulsa dinura religious edicts.

The Talmudic din rodef, or “law of the pursuer” edict, allows for the extrajudicial killing of a person who represents a grave threat. The Haaretz daily said an extremist group had issued the order against Kahana.

An unnamed security source told the paper it was the most serious security threat against a politician since a din rodef was issued against former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin before his assassination.

The pulsa dinura is a kabbalistic death curse that translates to “lashes of fire” in Aramaic. The ritual invoking divine retribution has a shadowy past in Jewish........

© The Times of Israel

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