Philanthropist Shimon Glick has come through once again, enabling many avreichim to breathe a sigh of relief this erev Shabbos.
This story begins three years ago with the collapse of Mosdos Mesila B’Arava in southern Israel. The organization included schools, kindergartens, talmidei torah and kollelim. After the debts became too much, the directors fled the country, leaving debts amounting to millions of shekels. Among the gemachim hit by this were the well known gemachim run by Rav Mordechai Yafeh and Rav Hillel Kuperman.
Many avreichim who signed as guarantors were called upon to make good on the outstanding debts and gemachim called avreichim to a din torah. In some of the cases, avreichim told dayanim that the mosdos used their signatures for years without their knowledge.
This week, many avreichim received a most welcome surprise Chadrei Chareidim reports, when Rav Shimon Glick heard of their situation and decided to do something to extricate the dozens of families of bnei yeshiva from a most difficult plight. R’ Glick decided to undertake the entire debt, asking for the papers and information a number of weeks ago, and this week, he paid 6 million NIS, to wipe out the debt.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)