The ruling coalition party teeters after a member of Bennett’s own party left after a dispute over Passover kashrut in Israeli hospitals. One rabbi cited an ancient esoteric text which described just such a situation as a harbinger of the Messiah.
CHAMETZ IN HOSPITALS
You shall not eat anything leavened with it; for seven days thereafter you shall eat unleavened bread, Deuteronomy 16:3 (The Israel BibleTM)
The coalition of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett lost its narrow majority when Idit Silman, the leader of the coalition and a member of the Knesset for Bennett’s Yamina party, announced that she will join the opposition over her objections to a Health Ministry instruction that hospitals not enforce kashrut restrictions during the upcoming Passover holiday.
Health, issued a letter to hospitals in Israel ordering them to allow patients and visitors to bring chametz (leavened food) into the hospitals during the eight days of Passover. His letter came after 2020 the High Court ruling that hospitals cannot ban patients, visitors, and others from entering with food products that are not kosher for Passover during the holiday.
Horowitz, who is openly gay, is from the far-left Meretz party and has been accused of objecting to Orthodox Jewish observance. He has initiated legislation that challenged rabbinic supervision of marriages while also calling for same-sex marriages.
Silman expressed anger over the letter that would allow Israeli hospitals to violate the Passover holiday, saying that she was concerned Israel was losing its Jewish character.
“When a minister in the government says that chametz should be allowed [in hospitals], he is disrespecting 70 percent of the public,” Idit Silman said during a debate of the Knesset’s Labor, Welfare, and Health Committee.
Torah law forbids the eating of leavened food during Passover and prohibits any leavened products from being found on any Jewish-owned premises. The punishment is karet (being cut off from the Jewish people).
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