In a schmooze given to his talmidim, HaGaon HaRav Dov Yaffa Shlita, who serves as mashgiach of Yeshivas Knesses Chizkiyahu in Kfar Chassidim as well as a member of the Moetzas Gedolei Yisrael, the rav warns of the impending harsh gezeira, the ongoing effort to draft bnei Torah into the IDF.
“We are facing a very harsh gezeira, an effort to draft bnei yeshivos and avreichim into the IDF. It is not a simply mater that the Sitra Achra has such koach to combat kedusha, and it appears there is a major kitrug against us in Shomayim. Its goal is to integrate us in Israeli society and recruit us into the IDF chas v’sholom.”
“There are those who remain complacent, believing Toras Yisrael will not be forgotten as it is written לא תשכח מפי זרעו, but in reality, this is a fallacy for there are levels to לא תשכח and there may be individuals who continue studying and for them, Toras Yisrael will not be forgotten. We are not promised that today’s situation in which thousands toil to learn and study will not change. We must be extremely fearful that even if we are willing to be moser nefesh for limud Torah, willing to give up funding and even go to prison, there are those who will be tempted and they will not stand firm. The economic realities and temptation will win them over”.
The rav further explains that their entire existence is based on their share in the ongoing limud Torah and who can know what the impact will be if and when this Torah study is halted. “There are hundreds of millions of Arabs surrounding us, blood-thirsty, openly expressing their desire to wipe us out. Only the limud Torah provides us the right to exist. Who can know what will be without this?”
“Therefore, every one of us must strengthen קבלת עול תורה, which results in increased עול מלכות ועול דרך ארץ,” continuing with instructions for each and every individual to work to strengthen and improve himself at this critical time.
The rav completed by reminding talmidim we are in Adar, a time when we can emerge successful, a time when we can succeed in a war against the יצר, and today, in Adar, who have a special Siyata Dishmaya to prevail over the Yetzer Hora.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)