The Jewish community in Montreal lost its chance to host the two leading hareidi-religious figures in Israel [Rabbi Yehuda Leib Steinman of Bnei Brak and Rabbi Yaakov Aryeh Alter, the Gerrer Rebbe] after a spate of protests and planned demonstrations prompted the rabbis to cancel their visit there.Ye Gods. Who would dare to picket two revered, and elderly Rabbis? Those modernishkes, self-haters, with their srugy cookie-monster kipahs, I bet.
The Satmar hassidim and the local Eida Haredit/Neturei Karta faction had applied for and received a permit from the Montreal police to stage a protest in front of the place where Rav Steinman was to have stayed during his visit.Rabbi Moshe Menachem Timaur, the head of the Satmar community in Montreal, also called for demonstrations against Rav Steinman “to prevent the entrance of impurity,” according to local reports."Impurity" defined, of course, as "disagreeing with us."
Rav Steinman has been criticized by a number of hareidi-religious leaders for his support of the law known as the Tal Law, which was upheld this month by the Supreme Court. The law regulates the exemption of yeshiva students from army service, but stipulates that they must serve in the army under certain conditions. Rabbi Steinman's representative, former Bnei Brak mayor Mordechai Karelitz, participated in the panel that drafted the law.