The head of the Vaad Yeshivos Rabbi Asher Tannenbaum visited with HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita to seek guidance in light of the expiration of the Tal Law.
According to a Shtieble report, the gadol hador informed the rav that no one should report to induction centers for processing. Rabbi Tannenbaum is quoted as asking them “If they are sent to prison?” to which Rav Kanievsky is quoted as saying “they should not go. Call me if they are arrested and I will escort them to prison”.
Rabbi Tannenbaum is well aware of his responsibility as talmidim are seeking his guidance regarding call up notices, compelling them to report to induction centers to begin the draft process. He felt he must consult with the gadol hador, who is quoted saying the talmidim should not report, even if it means being arrested.
In the erev shabbos Yated Ne’eman there was an article instructing talmidim not to sign any forms other than providing personal information and signing an affidavit that they remain committed to torah study. It appears Rav Kanievsky is adopting a sterner approach, instructing talmidim to refrain from reporting to induction centers at all.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)