With the zman almost ended, 13 Ministry of Education inspectors paid a visit to Mir Yeshiva in Yerushalayim to check up on talmidim. They arrived at the beginning of the first seder, the start of the day, entering the dining room of the Beis Yeshaya Building as talmidim were eating breakfast.
The Mir boasts over 5,000 talmidim and avreichim, the largest yeshiva in Eretz Yisrael. The inspectors only wanted to check 600 talmidim. They began calling the talmidim by last name. The widow of Rosh Yeshiva Rav Finkel ZT”L was angered by the inspectors, asking why they were only checking 600 talmidim and not the entire yeshiva after they checked about 70% of their list, and they left.
On Sunday night, the head of the Vaad Yeshivos Rav Chaim Aharon Kaufman turned to Education Minister Naftali Bennet, citing the issues that arose from the inspection in the yeshiva because of Purim. Bennet instructed them to conduct another inspection, explaining to them that in chareidi yeshivos, Purim is not a one-day holiday, asking them to take this into consideration and return for a second inspection.
After Purim, as the zman winds down talmidim are preparing for bein hazmanim ahead of Pesach, some already engaged in baking matzos.
Bennet told Kol Chai Radio on Monday morning the inspection was a mistake and it would be carried out again in the future.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)