Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, who serves as president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews is busy preparing a list of all chareidi organizations that receive funds from his organization, a move reportedly compelled by a p’sak issued by Maran Rav Elyashiv Shlita and Eida Gavaad Rav Weiss Shlita, stating accepting funds from his organization is close to idol worship.
Rabbi Eckstein is quoted by the J. Post as explaining every organization may conduct itself as it sees fit, and no one is compelled to receive funds that are deemed inappropriate. What he objects to is the fact that there are indeed chareidi organizations that do receive funds, ‘under the table’ so to speak, since they are not listed among recipients. He explains that this will change and any organization unwilling to permit their name to be published will no longer receive funds.
It is a known fact that among the many recipients in the chareidi community is the Migdal Ohr institutions which are operated by Rav Yitzchak Dovid Grossman Shlita of Migdal Ha’emek. Interestingly, the J. Post speculates that those opposing Rav Grossman’s entry into the Jerusalem Rabbinate race may have compelled R’ Elyashiv’s ruling last month, pointing out the timing may be more than coincidental.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)