The Vishnitzer Rebbe Shlita has not had a change of heart and at present, he is still of the opinion that talmidim ordered to report to an IDF induction center should not respond. Earlier in the week, the rebbe stated that the tzibur should not report as ordered, adding that if need be “tell them you are listening to your rebbe”, adding he is willing to go to jail in their place.
Deputy Minister of Health Yaakov Litzman has met with the rebbe, updating him on meetings with Defense Ministry officials pertaining to the chareidi draft. The rebbe has subsequently met with HaGaon HaRav Aaron Leib Shteinman Shlita, to update the Gadol Hador on events surrounding the chareidi draft. Interestingly, Rav Shteinman is quoted by Degel Hatorah leaders as being of the opinion that talmidim should report to induction centers but they are not to sign any documents.
Litzman reported that military officials are looking into making changes towards accommodating chareidi demands, explaining one option would be the elimination of chareidi inductees undergoing a medical exam in an induction center. One alternative being weighed is the physical would be conducted by a talmid’s civilian physician.
Learning from unpleasantries in the past, Litzman told the rebbe that he will not settle for verbal assurances but demands the details of new arrangements are written.
It appears that from the rebbe’s perspective, backed by other rabbonim, they will only accept a document from the IDF that includes the signature of the chief of the IDF Personnel Branch, in this case, Major-General Orna Barvibai.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)