The organization Yancheini held a conference for Mechanchim, Mashgichim, and Melamdim from across the Chassidic spectrum in Israel, ahead of the new Zman in Yeshivos across Israel. The special symposium was held featuring Hagaon HaRav Sahul Altar, the Rosh Yeshiva of Sefas Emes and the son of the previous Gerrer Rebbe.
Rav Altar was presented with a sheet of questions that were submitted ahead of time, and he wasted no time in jumping in and getting to the answers. During the talk, many handwritten messages were sent by the participants to Rav Alter with follow up questions from the gathered crowd.
During the discussion, Rabbi Altar was asked how best to deal with a student who is seen as being potentially harmful to other students, however, if he were to get kicked out of Yeshiva he would backslide tremendously in his own observance?
The Rosh Yeshiva replied that to throw a student out is considered Dinei Nefashos. However, the teachers and spiritual leadership of the yeshivas are really only Shomrei Sachar, and have another 200 students or so to think about as well.
This is where Rabbi Altar burst into tears and had a hard time recovering to finish his thoughts. “Perhaps the correct answer is to pray to Hashem, the same way the Anshei Knesses Hagedolah did and tell Hashem, לא הן ולא שכרן, ריבונו של עולם חז”ל אומרים שלושה הקב”ה מתחרט עליהם ואחד מהם זה ע”ז, זה הולך על הדור הזה, אין לנו הבנה אבל ככה דברי חז”ל”.
HaRav Altar said that one shouldn’t be hasty or an extremist with regards to these cases and simply throw the student out because it will be difficult to deal with the others. In these cases one must ask a big Gadol, but not just a big Gadol – but someone that understands this well.”
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)