HaGaon HaRav Gershon Edelstein Shlita, the Rosh Yeshiva of Ponevezh, calls on the tzibur to be mechazeik during this most difficult time and this includes refraining from reading newspapers.
The rosh yeshiva was addressing the security crisis in an address to talmidim. He spoke of the terror attack and the yisurim that people are undergoing and the need to be mechazeik in limud, tefilos and one’s actions. The rav mentioned the many widows and orphans R”L, the result of the murderous attacks, quoting ‘ואש תבער בו ותלעטהו ואין איש שם על לב’ and the need for a hisorarus as the ‘Midas HaDin’ strikes out, not only here but in the entire world.
Rav Edelstein stressed Klal Yisrael’s responsibility, the fact that שאין פורענות באה אלא בשביל ישראל and the need for introspection and improving one’s midos. As such, the rav calls for a greater commitment to limud and ma’asim tovim and to refrain from reading newspapers and other ‘devarim beteilim’.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)