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Rabbi Unterman Urges Both Sides in Mea Shearim Dispute to Moderate Stands

August 12, 1971
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Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi Issar Yehuda Unterman appealed last night to both sides in the Sabbath-traffic dispute to moderate their stands. Speaking over Kol Yisroel, the 85-year-old patriarch said that Sabbath observers should not get over-excited about their cause because violence would only result in a breakdown of the religious-secular dialogue. But he also warned non-religious groups that have staged counter-demonstrations not to resort to violence against those who are trying to keep the nation on the path of the Torah. Rabbi Unterman’s references were to a series of clashes over Sabbath schedules of the Egged bus cooperative.

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