Thursday, June 17, 2010
While not weighing in on the Emanuel, Shomron dispute itself I'm impressed by the jailbirds going to do their time in Bigdei Shabbos as if it's a simkha shel mitzva. It shows the courage of their convictions. it is reminiscent of the p'sak of the Spanish Hahamim to let musical bands play on 9 Av 1492 as a sign of pride that they would accept expulsion before conversion.
The Financial Times nailed it when they wrote:
Defying the summer heat as well as the dress code of Israel’s prison system, a few dozen men from the settlement of Emmanuel decided to go to jail yesterday, clad in their finest Sabbath wear, including fur hats and black robes. Normally worn by ultra-Orthodox Jewish men on feast days, the choice of outfit carried a clear message: they were looking forward to their two-week prison term, imposed for contempt of court, as a religious duty.