Dear Yeshiva World,
While there has been much controversy and public dialogue surrounding what are known as the “Rental Vaads” currently operating in Eretz Yisroel certain important points have come to the surface that your readership may be interested in knowing.
It has been confirmed through sources close to Rav Elyashiv Shlita that the Posek Hador considers the methods by which the vaadim are currently operating, to be asur al pi halacha.
Additionally, Rav Nachum Eisenstein met with Rav Nosson Tzvi Finkel Shlita late last week and learned that the use of the Rosh Yeshiva’s name is “totally unauthorized”, and found that the Rosh Yeshiva was “upset to learn that his name was being used in endorsing the vaad” in Ramat Eshkol, among others. The Rosh Yeshiva asked that it be publicized that he does not want his name associated with the vaadim.
While Rav Nosson Tzvi may (or may not) have wished the vaad organizers success at the meeting at his home, he doesn’t want to be billed as an organizer, or the impetus behind the vaad and that he doesn’t want his name used for it’s promotion.
Please notify your readers to the above developments before kehillos are Chas Vesholom damaged by acting outside the wishes of the gedolim.
Sincerely, A concerned ben Torah.
Editors Note: Our reporting on the Ramat Eshkol rental vaad has brought a strong response from our readership. As is usually the case, YW does not “take sides”. On that note we would like to let our readership know that YW has now obtained the letters that stand behind the vaad and are pleased to be able to share them with you. Click HERE to view the various letters signed by various Rabbonim.
Any signed letters that YW receives from Rabbonim regarding this topic will be posted as soon as we receive them.
(A.R. and D.S. contributed to this report)