“The kavona of the haters of Israel by trying to draft bnei yeshivos is to destroy the major foundation of Torah, to destroy the yeshiva world, and to uproot everything R”L. In such a case we will be compelled to leave the country as was done during the time of the gezeira against limud Torah in Vilna by the communists” stated Rosh Yeshivas Brisk HaGaon HaRav Meshulam Dovid Halevy Soloveitchik Shlita in a schmooze with talmidim, HaMevaser reports.
The rosh yeshiva stated the gezeira which intends to close the Gemaras and compel talmidim to serve in the military is awful, as they offer incentives so talmidim chas v’sholom will decide to leave beis medrash on their own and opt to enlist in the military. The rosh yeshiva refers to the share the burden effort as an “existential threat against the Torah world and Yiddishkheit R”L”.
The rosh yeshiva continues, explaining that in the Diaspora we knew of such gezeiros against limud Torah by the goyim, quoting the Rambam’s Igeres Teiman, (אגרת תימן) addressing the gezeiros of the goyim against Am Yisrael.
The rosh yeshiva speaks of the earlier stage of the gezeira, when ‘they’ targeted the talmidei Torah with demands that they include the so-called core subjects, seeking to dilute the chinuch decided upon by Gedolei Yisrael Shlita. “No they seek to uproot everything” he adds, “to uproot Klall Yisrael’s neshama from its roots, the yeshivos hakodesh.”
“When we refer annually in the Pesach haggadah to בכל דור ודור עומדים עלינו לכלותנו refers to the gezeiros of the haters of Torah seeking to uproot the Torah HaKadosha R”L.”
The rav says if this is actualized, then there “is no alternative but to run away from here as was the case in Vilna during the communist rule” and Torah study will continue abroad.
“We must stand as a bulwark” the rav adds, calling on the entire chareidi tzibur to unite against this gezeira. The rosh yeshiva instructs us to conduct a cheshbon nefesh as to how and why this is being carried out against us today. He explains that we learn if one does not perform mitzvos properly one may lose the ability to fulfill these mitzvos.
On the one hand there is an unprecedented Torah study today the rosh yeshiva points out, but stresses on the other hand there is a lack of the mesirus nefesh which was seen in former years, a lack of a willingness to be moser nefesh to disconnect entirely from the secular world around us.
“Therefore, we are compelled to strengthen our adherence to Torah and mitzvos, to improve our performance of mitzvos, and of course our Yiras Shomayim.”
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)