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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Rav Shteinman: 3 Days of Round-the-Clock Learning to Cancel the Decree

Kikar is reporting that Rav Shteinman Shlit"a is calling on Yeshivot to implement a program of different shifts of round-the-clock learning for 3 days straight as the Ramha"l suggested.  This is in response to the expected draft bill to draft 80% of Yeshiva boys into the army.

As the pictures over at Kikar show, the Mir Yeshiva already shows sign-up sheets for Bahurim to sign up for various learning times.  The instructions emphasize that those who sign up should not miss Tefila Betzibur.

Rav Shteinman Shlit"a and Rav Wosner Shlit"a are also looking into a world-wide kids' Tehilim recitation at a certain time of day to also counteract the decree.

Meanwhile, the Eda Haharedit has already planned a kids' Tefila for Monday evening.


At Thu Jul 12, 02:17:00 PM 2012, Blogger Avi said...

I am amused. It's tragic just how much blindness there is that they truly cannot see a difference between say, Haman's decree and a possible draft.

At Thu Jul 12, 02:21:00 PM 2012, Blogger yaak said...

Why do you assume that they don't see a difference? Of course they see a difference! Are you hung up on the word "decree"? They are both decrees.

At Thu Jul 12, 05:33:00 PM 2012, Blogger joshua manevitz said...

The real question is why is all this happening ? I think the logic is flawed . Everybody needs to put on their thinking caps .

At Mon Jul 16, 02:00:00 PM 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is not a decree. What it is - is the contribution of all parts of the society in Klal Yisrael. No one says they cant learn. They just need to serve as well. The top students will be exempt. I dont think it is so big an issue....

At Mon Jul 16, 02:18:00 PM 2012, Blogger yaak said...


Here's why it's a big issue and why you are incorrect:

1) Yeshivot will be diminished
2) Deciding who is a "top student" and who is not is as scary as can be. The Yeshivot need such a responsibility?!?!
3) Torah learning works best when the learning is continuous. I believe it was Rav Chaim Shmulevitz ZT"L who compared it to a pot of water on the stove - if the pot is taken off every few seconds, it will never boil.
4) Torah learning protects the country. Right now, we have 60,000 boys in Yeshiva. If tomorrow, we ח"ו have only 10,000 boys in Yeshiva, the amount of protection has been decreased by that proportion.
5) (From Rashi on this week's parsha:) Along the same lines, everyone has their place in battle - the fighters, the guards of the weaponry, and those praying - and learning Torah. If you take away the thing that the Torah learners do best (i.e. learning Torah) which cannot be replaced by the rest of society, you have removed the spiritual part of the battle. What G-d-fearing general in the army would want to do such a thing?
6) There is no framework for a large number of Haredi recruits in the army as it is today. Gender-mixing and Kashrut are just a couple of the problems.

These are some of the issues. This is why it's a big deal and a harsh decree - named such by the leading Torah giants of our day. Don't brush that off as nothing.


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