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Roshei Kollel Aren’t Intimidated By Threats

earmuffsHearing of avreichim being expelled from kollelim for voting the Bnei Torah party in the municipal elections, Minister of Education Rabbi Shai Piron announced that he will not tolerate political discrimination. The minister announced that any kollel that expels talmidim for voting against the party line will lose state funding as a result.

Piron has already instructed his office to being the process of investigating the situation towards halting funding from kollelim who have acted in such a fashion.

On Monday morning, Rabbi Sholom Ber Sorotzkin announced to avreichim in the Ateres Shlomo Kollel in Geula that he expects to see the signed declarations of loyalty signed by 12:45 in the afternoon. On Sunday night the rosh kollel arrived in a kollel in the N’vei Yaakov neighborhood of the capital with the same message – to sign the declaration of face immediate expulsion. Rav Sorotzkin appears unaffected by Piron’s statements.

The same seems to be the case in the Nachlas Moshe Kollel in Bnei Brak, headed by the city’s former mayor, Rabbi Avraham Rubinstein. The rav warned avreichim that anyone who has not signed should do so immediately or face expulsion.

The rabbonim and others met on Monday afternoon with attorney Yaron Herman in the home of HaGaon HaRav Aaron Yehuda Leib Shteinman Shlita to investigate legal options available to them.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

17 Responses

  1. I noticed that the image in this photo was labeled as “earmuffs”. Anyone have any insight into this?

    Inquiring minds would like to know.

  2. Sorotzkin is a major piece of this puzzle.

    Ayin sham the ywn op-ed last week about the gabboyim and machers….hamayvin yavin….

  3. I could promise I saw this rosh kollel eating in la Maris a few months ago. I am serious folks. Don’t yell at me.

  4. All of those that were sent out of the kolel were disturbing the others in the kolel for the past 2 months, always talking about elections. They don’t belong in a kolel.

  5. A kollel that accepts government money is the slave of whomever runs the government. And a slave who doesn’t learn to obey the master gets punished.

    If a kollel is committed to Torah rather than zionism, they shouldn’t be accepting zionist money.

  6. Disgusting to mix politics in learning Torah!

    If avarachim are not trusted to think for themselves to whom they desire to vote, how can we trust them to understand a sugiya?

    I learn in Kollel and the mind control that is being pushed here is ridiculous. Rosh Yeshivas and Rosh Kollels who attempt to extort votes from avrachim deserve to be incarcerated with criminal elements like themselves.

    Perhaps with the rest of the frum child abusers and frum ganovim.

  7. Even if a Bochur did vote for Bnei Torah, how does anyone know whom they voted for? Given that voting is secret ballot, and one doesn’t have to vote for the party whom one is registered with.

  8. I don’t understand. Did avreichim sign any agreement that they’d only vote for a particular party in order to get accepted to kollel? And if the avreich votes for “Shas,” will he also get ousted? In the U.S. and Israel, compelling an employee or student to vote for a particular political party is completely illegal.

  9. Lazeric,
    Your comment strikes at the heart of the problem.
    Voting according to a Rabbi’s dictate is akin to having your plumber advise your neurosurgeon during an operation.

  10. In BMG, if you don’t “tow the line” in elections, etc You are sanctioned. They strip you of stipends, your children can’t attend the local schools, your family loses their jobs, etc.

  11. sorotzkin equals: a family prancing around and priding themselves with a great grandfather , thinking that all his zechusim gives them permission to intimidate, work/ build and make money and then say it’s torah, machlokes amongst their own family and everyone around them. They may hav had a chashuva grandfather but they are by far the most hyped yichus and family by themselves and others (sometimes). They have so little to sell and make so much noise. Even his look is for shtick. Very dishonest!!!

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