There is much controversy among the tzibur regarding the Satmar organized protest in Manhattan against the planned draft of bnei yeshivos in Eretz Yisrael. There are those who praise the actions of the participants while others condemn them, accusing participants of causing a chilul Hashem.
Kikar Shabbat reported on Tuesday, 3 Tammuz 5773 that HaGaon HaRav Shmuel Auerbach Shlita telephoned the Satmar Rebbe of Kiryas Yoel Shlita to commend him for organizing the event, giving him a bracha to merit continuing being MeKadesh Shem Shomayim.
“You (written in the plural) deserve a big Yasher Koach on your activities to save the Torah world, and your vigilance to protect and defend the principles of Yiddishkheit in Eretz Yisrael against those trying to limit our ways,” Rav Auerbach is quoted as saying.
UPDATE: Sources confirm to YWN that HaRav Shmuel Auerbach also phoned the Satmar Rebbe of Williamsburg to thank him.
Speakers at the event included Rav Yaakov Weiss, rosh yeshiva in Satmar Yeshiva of Kiryas Yoel; Rav Elya Ber Wachtfogel, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Zichron Moshe of South Fallsburg; Rav Yaakov Horowitz, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Bais Meir; Rav Berel Katz, Dushinsky Rov; Rav Noach Isaac Oelbaum, rov of Khal Nachlas Yitzchok of Queens; the Galanta Rov; Rav Yaakov Nachman Stauber, menahel of the Satmar Yeshiva of Queens; and Rav Pinchus Jung, menahel of Bais Rochel Girls School in Monsey.
Rav Naftoli Herzka Frankel of the Badatz of the Eidah Hachareidis led the recital of Kabbolas Ohl Malchus Shomayim.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)