In his motzei shabbos shiur Maran HaGaon HaRav Ovadia Yosef Shlita addressed the snowballing momentum to pull avreichim out of beis medrash to serve in the IDF. R’ Ovadia warned of the worrisome situation, adding that without the limud, the ongoing learning of those dedicated to the torah way of live we will lose the merit which keeps us going.
“We are surrounded by those who hate us including Iran and Hizbullah. Who will save us if not the torah?” והגית בו יומם ולילה and this is what keeps Am Yisrael going. HKBH watches out for us as a result of the merit of studying torah.
“There, if the number of those laboring over torah is diminished we are in big trouble”.
The gadol hador called for increased torah study, adding that beginning today, 18 Tammuz, the fast day, yeshivos should include Avinu Malkeinu in davening after shachris and mincha.
The rav made a passionate appeal to yidden outside of Eretz Yisrael as well. “I am turning to our brethren in the Diaspora. We are all responsible for one another. Please, join out tefilos and recite Avinu Malkeinu too, after both shachris and mincha. Daven to HKBH to remove this harsh gezeira.
“All eyes are on you” he stated in his appeal to roshei yeshivos around the country, calling upon them to cancel the bein hazmanim vacation. “Learn more torah and study more and HKBH will do his share from above as well” the rav added.
Rav Ovadia added “we have the power and for those who truly feel the pain, they will act for without torah there is no life. עת צרה היא ליעקב וממנה יוושע, וישועת ה’ כהרף עין.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)