Attorney Reuven Ladianski of Tel Aviv’s Let Live party blasted Chabad shluchim after one of them offered him a chance to put on tefillin in the city hall.
“Missionaries in the corridors of the Tel Aviv municipality!” he wrote on Facebook. “The man in the photo is a Chabad chossid who was wandering about on the 11th floor of the building and accosted me on my way to my office and offered me without hesitation and shame to put on tefillin.”
“I told him that city hall is not a place for missionaries and that he must leave the building,” Ladianski wrote, saying he would struggle against such religious coercion.
Responses flooded in, many of them blasting Ladianski.
Right-wing activist Yoav Aliasi posted: “Thanks to the hatred of people like you, a secular person like me is [now] performing the mitzvah of putting on tefillin. Thank you for reminding me of the importance of our tradition.“