“A religious soldier in the IDF today is like an orphan or the military. He does not have a father to look out for him…Most of the sifrei Torah in the IDF have not undergone a computer exam and if we take them for an exam, we can only imagine what the outcome will be” HaGaon HaRav Yaakov Yosef told Kol Chai Radio today, 21 Shevat 5772,
The rav stated “two months ago, the chief rabbi of the military stated that over 80% of military kitchens are treif. What did the military rabbonim say four of five months ago? Did they warn anyone that there are treif kitchens or did they opt to remain silent?
“If they are silent regarding kosher and treif do you expect them to open their mouths regarding the kashrus of sifrei Torah?
“Generally speaking, they prefer to remain silent. We don’t look to see what they are doing and saying and if they remain silent. We are looking to see what the poskim are saying, what the Rivash says, and what the Halacha is.
“This is the case regarding kashrus and the other matter. This is where we are to my sorrow and as such, one who has Yiras Shomayim should go elsewhere for Pashas Zachor to make sure he hears laining from a kosher Torah”.
The rav explained that regarding the sifrei Torah, many are simply in poor condition. In addition, they are all embossed with a watermark that says “property of the IDF” and one may not add these words and he feels adding these words, even without ink, is sufficient to make a Torah pasul. He added most of the sifrei Torah are from Romania. “Almost all the shuls in Romania were closed and all the Jews came to Israel. What happened to the sifrei Torah? They were brought to Israel and distributed in IDF bases. Most are very old, over 200 years, and the ink is faded and there are cracks in many letters making them pasul.”
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)