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May 20, 2014

Mashgiach to certify army exemptions

This is just too funny. You can't even make this stuff up!

According to Mynet it was reported in the HaPeles newspaper that the Yerushalmi litvaks led by Rav Shmuel Auerbach are now saying that they refuse to show up at the lishkat giyus, the IDF draft offices, even to receive their army exemptions, because there are female soldiers there. They are supposedly demanding that the IDF not station any female soldiers in the offices of the draft board, so that when they go to do their paperwork they will not need to encounter any females.

In addition, another problem is that they are worried that while in the draft offices the boys might be seduced to signing up for the army - either by brochures or other materials present, or by looking around the building, or by soldiers talking to them and trying to persuade them to sign up.  To counter this concern they are supposedly demanding placement of a mashgiach who will supervise the process and ensure soldiers do not talk to the yeshiva boys.

As of right now, as far as I know, nobody is allowed to accompany a draftee into the draft offices. Only the potential draftee is allowed to walk through the doors. Stationing a mashgiach would be a big move. And it would be the beginning of a new business - soon we will see army exemptions certified by the Badatz Eida, exemptions certified by the Rabbanut, by Rabbanut Mehadrin, by Rav Landau, by Rav Rubin, by Chassam Sofer Bnei Braq and Petach Tikva, by Rav Mahfoud, etc.

As I said, you cannot make this stuff up.

By the way, I have to rely on Mynet for this report because I do not read HaPeles. Why not? Because the gedolim are against HaPeles, because of it being associated with the people of Rav Auerbach. For example, Rav Chaim Kanievsky just said that parents should not send their boys to a yeshiva in which the rosh yeshiva reads the HaPeles newspaper. (source: Kikar)
Also, someone asked Rav Chaim Kanievsky if he can go to a family wedding of a bochur who was learning in a yeshiva affiliated with Rav Shmuel Auerbach. Rav Kanievsky told him he could go because it is family, but he should avoid eating the food. (source: Bechadrei) The story is now being denied, so it might not be true. (source: Bechadrei)

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  1. There were always female soldiers in the Lishkat haGiyus - how come that only became a problem now?
    IMHO, an 18-year-old who will be convinced to leave Yeshiva and join the army in a few hours is not exactly the most stable or dedicated Bachur Yeshiva in the world....

  2. SB, Beit ShemeshMay 20, 2014 3:36 PM

    Right, and clearly this unstable and undedicated Bachur Yeshiva will do *just great* in the army and will come out *just as frum as he went in*, no?

    dlz, I think you've hit the nail on the head.

    1. if he's that unstable he'll fail the psych eval really quick, don't worry

  3. I've got a better idea for Army Exception Mashgichim - how about if the army regularly sends a Mishgiach to all the Yeshivot that offer army exemptions to make sure that all the bochrim who claim to be learning instead of serving are in fact learning. Anyone not present in the Beit Midrash wins a free trip to Kele Gimel, followed by 3 years in uniform.

  4. Oy. The rest of the Charedi world is bending over backwards not to throw these guys off the planet. Who pay a "friendly visit" to Rav Shteinman that sends him to the hospital - and their leader doesn't even send flowers. Who think the army registration office has the lowest level of tumah that their boys ever see.

    What's unstable here is someone who can't take an exemption and just say thank you, and instead they come up with these antics as if being a soldier protecting their brothers is some kind of contagious disease.


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