The Kedem auction house in Yerushalayim revealed the original letter of explanation from the  Satmar Rebbe, Ravi Yoel Teitelbaum, against participation in Israeli elections on election day.

In the letter, written in 1951 prior to Israel’s second national election, Rav Yoel compared participation in Israeli elections to supporting missionaries and determined that taking part in the Zionist government is worse than idolatry.

Maron Aran, one of the owners of the Kedem auction house, notes, “This historic letter is one of the first documents in the dispute that is accompanying our people to this day. The fact that until today many lives still exist in light of these arguments and these positions make it even more fascinating and important.”

The letter will be auctioned after Pesach.

Read more at Arutz Sheva.