Aug 23, 2010

Rabbinic taskforce to fight for school building (video)

As a result of the mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat awarding an available school building in Ramot to the Rappaport - Ahavat Yisrael school, a group of rabbonim and rosh yeshivas, led by Rav Shmuel Auerbach, associated with Degel got together to work on planning a strategy to fight the decision.

They decided to go with a two pronged strategy. One being to fight the school itself, against the way they tamper with the pure educational system of the haredi community and mix it with secular studies like shaatnez and kilayim.

The second prong is to attack the mayor. They made statements that Barkat is worse than previous mayor Teddy Kollek, he is destroying in every possible way the holiness of Jerusalem, etc.

Then there were the calls to send Pindros back to Beitar. This is really surprising, because I thought the representatives of Deel in the various municipalities and Knesset are simply carrying out the insrtructions of the rabbonim and gedolim. if none of the rabbonim gave Pindros the go ahead to support Barkat, how does he get away with doing so? If they told him to oppose smoething on a specific vote, how does he support it instead? And if he is doing what he has been told to do, why are these rabbonim upset at him and not just change their own policies?

Here is a clip from the meeting, though it doesn't really say much. I recognize a couple of the people. One of them is my former rosh yeshiva, and it surprises me tremendously that he participated. Not because he doesn't agree, as he very well might and I guess does, with the fight. The reason I am surprised is because he never used to get involved in the fights and politics and externals. he used to be purely torah and wasnt interested in anything else. When I was leaving yeshiva, he was already being influenced that in order to improve the yeshiva he would have to be concerned with externals such as how people in the yeshiva dress and whatnot. The fact that he is now part of a taskforce to fight in the realm of politics is a surprise to me.


  1. Tziki kedrea 529August 23, 2010 2:23 PM

    all the politicos say yiddishkiet and mean gelt...pindros says gelt and means gelt...

  2. ki ha shocahad yeaver einei chachamim, vi salef divrei tzadikim.

    both power or money can be used as shochad.

  3. As a current non-resident of Eretz Yisroel, I can only BEG people to fight this fight to the end. It is essential that there are choices of Chinuch for frum residents of the city. Chorev & Chinuch Atzmai schools do not work for everyone, and Rappaport is a perfect option especially since Ramot has many DL and Chardal communities.

  4. First They Came for...But I Wasn't a..August 23, 2010 9:06 PM

    Rappaport parents in Bet Shemesh and RBSA be prepared.

    This fight affects us as well. Before too long there will be elements here who will try to take the school, land,etc.

    They will say that our Rappaport chiunch also is a "poretz geder".

    Yes, it is a power move just as the mikve here was and other "charedi issues".

    Mutual respect and tolerance is the name of the game.

    DL, Chardal and Torani people must drop their inferiority complex and defend in what their rabbonim say and what they believe in.


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