The head of the pre-war preparatory yeshiva Bnei David, Rabbi Yigal Levinstein, was a guest on the podcast of publicist Dr. Gadi Taub. They talked about the essence of the reform led by the Minister of Justice Yariv Levin.
Rabbi Levinstein noted that “not everyone is aware of what the struggle is about. In general, some feel that the Supreme Court’s rulings are against Judaism and the settlement movement, so their natural gut reaction, without deep legal understanding, is that something here needs to be changed and fixed.”
But “I’d like to take a moment to explain the purpose of the change,” he said. “I think the main point has to do with who should decide when it comes to issues of social value: does the court have the knowledge and ability to decide on issues that are social rather than legal?”
“The question is whose vote will be the deciding vote? Regarding the definition of family, are there degrees of families? It is a matter of public values. Human rights are irrelevant to the discussion. The question of values is about questions between social norms and people’s freedom to do what they want.”
“I am a liberal in the area of individual liberty in its most radical sense,” noted Rabbi Levinstein. “That each person should do whatever is right for him or her. Just like I don’t want anyone telling me what to do in my life, I don’t want to tell anyone else in the world what to do. personal business.”
But “there is another question, a public question: what is the value of the family? This includes the public struggle for society’s values. Is there an ideal in the concept that father and mother are equal to a family? Is this a social ideal or not an ideal? Are all varieties of families equal? These are ethical, social and societal issues that involve a struggle in society for its values. Let society manage its values. Don’t impose on society the values of one side of the argument,” as is currently happening in the Supreme Court.