Israeli media outlets report that Rabbi Gershon Edelstien commented about various Torah pamphlets which circulate in Jewish communities, basically characterizing them as nonsense. Perhaps most notably, he hinted* to the pamphlet ‘Bayit (Beyt) Ne’eman’, which produces a transcript of Rabbi Meir Mazuz’s weekly Parshah lecture, saying “one talmid chacham has views which are very close to Mizrachi** and people read them. It could be he has nice jokes and interesting gematriot but they are not for bne Torah”.

Which views of R. Mazuz (particularly mentioned in his Bayit Ne’eman) are of Mizrachi nature and not shared by other non-Mizrachi rabbis?

*R. Chizkiyahu Mishkovski, the individual who spoke with R. Edelstien about this and publicized the comments, expressly mentioned Rabbi Mazuz’s pamphlet by name.

** Mizrachi = the religious movement, not to be confused with Edot HaMizrach.

  • I don't know anything about these rabbis but this question sounds like asking for lashon hara – Dude Dec 30 '18 at 18:28
  • Lashon hara? Um... which part? Would asking what Rabbenu Yonah objected to in the Guide also be lashon hara, in your opinion? – Oliver Dec 30 '18 at 18:31
  • Re your comment "Would asking what Rabbenu Yonah objected to in the Guide also be lashon hara, in your opinion?": That's not analogous. Here, the objection was to the fact that the publication is just stories and gimatriyaos and thus not for b'ne Tora. The mention of mizrachi seems to be only a way of identifying R. Mazuz. (At least that's how I understand it from the quotation you've provided.) Thus your question is essentially asking why that identification is a good match. I don't see what that has to do with Judaism (so this seems to be off-topic) — but nor does it seem like לה״ר. – msh210 Dec 30 '18 at 19:16
  • @msh210 I don’t believe R. Edelstien’s objection is that the publication “is just stories”; it’s a Parshah lecture which might contain as much “nice gematriyot” as the Guide discusses semantics. Likewise, I don’t think he’s identifying R. Mazuz as Mizrachi; he knows very well that he isn’t, as does every other Israeli who knows who R. Mazuz is. R. Edelstien is clearly saying his views mirror the Mizrachi. Additionally, I don’t see how it’s any less about Judaism than something like this. (I now actually think it isn’t such a poor analogy.) – Oliver Dec 30 '18 at 19:38
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    Not an interesting topic. Political machlokets – kouty Dec 30 '18 at 19:39

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