On Sunday morning 8 Elul 5772 a chareidi IDF soldier was thrown out of the Toldos Avraham Yitzchak Beis Medrash after arriving for shachris in uniform. The soldier arrived at the Chazon Ish Street beis medrash to daven shachris at about 10:00am, but before he even got inside, as he was in the outer area one of the mispallalim told him “stay outside”.
The mispallel explained “you are wearing the Zionist military uniform and therefore you cannot enter and daven in a beis medrash which flies the flag of anti-Zionism”. The astonished soldier heeded the words of the mispallel and left.
A few minutes later, realizing he did not know of another minyan due to the late hour he returned and entered the beis medrash to daven shachris. According to Chadrei Chareidim, he was assaulted and ousted with shouts “Get out now! Get out!” while no one intervened on his behalf.
The soldier did not wish to make more of a scene and opted to remain outside and continue davening, alone, without a minyan. Chadrei adds that a number of mispallalim commented “he is a chareidi like us” but those words fell on deaf ears.
Another was heard saying “what a chilul Hashem, what שפיכות דמים.”
The soldier is 27-years-old, married and the father of two.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)