Have the Haredim entered into a new “reality” where the State needs to approve Mitzvos and Gatherings?
Mass Gerrer hassidic wedding denied permit. . .
[. . .] Because of the recent disasters at mass-attended religious events, the Jerusalem police decided to condition the Gerer celebrations on the approval of a safety consultant from the Jerusalem Municipal Authority.
Legal representatives of the grand rabbi have now appealed the decision to the High Court of Justice, arguing that religious events do not need a license under the 1968 law for business licensing, and are not required to comply with safety standards. The police do not have the authority to condition the wedding on a safety consultation.
The Gerer legal council also asserted that since the old headquarters building has all necessary permits it is unreasonable not to approve the events there. [. . .]
Full article at https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/mass-gerrer-hassidic-wedding-denied-permit-due-to-safety-concerns-669132
Gur Hassidim have been the most organised and politically influential. Does this flexing of authority muscle equate to a ‘challenge to their political influence’? Is the Rebbe well or is his health in question?