Posted 03 October 2012 - 03:38 PM
Also, how can Satmar (and others with similar shittas) use Israeli currency, or utilize Israeli State owned companies (such as electric, post offices, telephone [formerly state owned], bus transportation, airports, etc.)?
Posted 07 October 2012 - 12:31 PM
The Halachic issues the Satmar Rebbe holds are involved are being part of the governance structure, and swearing allegiance to a Medinah, whose existence is prohibited due to a violation of Gezeiras HaGalus. That means Kefirah-Avodah Zorah. Enabling someone to do that is Lifnei Iver, besides a accepting Avodah Zorah.
All of this is limited to the State-level government, which is what is prohibited to exist. Electric companies or local townships are not a violation of the Golus, and so being part of their process or accepting them is not prohibited.
Posted 24 February 2013 - 10:16 PM
In general, Gedolim often do encourage people to vote, but I am unaware of what party any individual was registered under.
I've often heard that that Rav Avigdor Miller z'l held ery much of voting for the republican party, one place I saw qouted him as saying it was in fact assur to be a democrat.