Education Minister (Yesh Atid) Rabbi Shai Piron is expected to appoint a senior advisor, a member of the chareidi community who will advise him on chareidi affairs. It appears that Yitzchak Ravitz, a son of the late MK and Degel Hatorah leader R’ Avraham Ravitz will fill the slot. Maariv reports that Ravitz will not accept the appointment prior to consulting with HaGaon HaRav Aaron Yehuda Leib Shteinman Shlita. The report explains Ravitz has already requested permission from the Gadol Hador to accept the appointment.
If he accepts the post, it is viewed as a major move by Piron to maintain a dialogue with the chareidim, despite remarks that he will cut funding for all schools that refuse to include ‘core subjects’ in the curriculum. It is far from likely that Ravitz will permit himself to become a figurehead to legitimize the policies of Piron and if the minister does plan to cut school funding for chareidi mosdos; it is unlikely that Ravitz will continue in the position.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)