While Maran HaGaon HaRav Aaron Leib Shteinman Shlita was attending a kinos in Betar Illit on Thursday night, thieves were helping themselves to $50,000 in cash and checks worth “hundreds of thousands” according to a Kikar.net report. The theft occurred in the Rav’s home, 5 Chazon Ish Street, in Bnei Brak.
When the Rosh Yeshiva and his escorts returned to his home after 10:00pm on Thursday, they noticed everything was in disarray, realizing the money, cash and checks, were all gone. The funds were given to the Rav, as is customary, to distribute on rosh chodesh, to yeshivos, kollelim, roshei yeshivos and various institutions.
As a result of the physical findings and the fact there was no evidence of a forced break-in, police believe the thief had a key and is someone with knowledge of the Rav’s schedule, to the extent that he was aware on Thursday night, the Rosh Yeshiva was in Yerushalayim and Betar Illit.
There is already an audible criticism from askanim, who wish to understand the wisdom of the decision to leave the Rosh Yeshiva’s home vacant with the realization that there was so much money inside.
On erev shabbos the Rosh Yeshiva was compelled to deliver the harsh news to those who came as they do monthly, expecting to receive monetary assistance, but compelled to leave empty-handed.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)