Originally published at 10:02 pm CST 12-10-2012
Haredi Leader Tells Yeshiva Students To Dodge – National Service
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Haredi leader Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman reportedly called on haredi yeshiva students to refuse to serve in the civilian national service program meant to help them avoid the military draft.
But this does not mean that Shteinman wants the yeshiva students to serve in the military – he doesn’t want that either.
According to an article published in Yated Ne’eman, the newspaper that serves as mouthpiece for the Degel Hatorah political party and Shteinman, “with the publication of the government decision yesterday, our rabbi and leader, the great Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman, gave an instruction to warn the masses against this severe and dangerous phenomenon, whose only purpose is to undermine the foundations of our existence and is against the very essence and purpose of a yeshiva student which is to dedicate his life to Torah study…[the haredi world must] defend its existence…against all the new temptations of the leaders of the regime which damage the foundations of Judaism, whose only purpose is to create a dangerous erosion of students away from the sanctuary of Torah, and so people must be warned not to be enticed whatsoever to go to these services.”
Yated Ne’eman also reportedly printed a ruling from the late haredi leader Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv condemning national service.
"One must protest and warn against all moves to harm the pure oil jug by those who offer special frameworks for Haredim that would be under their control and according to their spirit, including all sorts of routes and frameworks for military and national service,” Elyashiv wrote.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Sefardi haredi Shas Party also attacked the national service option.
Yehuda Avidan called the government’s decision to exempt 1,300 ultra-Orthodox Jews from the military so they can instead join the national service a "terror attack."
[Hat Tips: The Lion, Seymour.]