The Moetzas Gedolei Yisrael is scheduled to convene on Monday 13 Teves 5774 to discuss the government’s new draft law, which is still in committee as lawmakers are working to finalize the bill to present it in Knesset.
The council is scheduled to convene in Yerushalayim at 5:00 PM in the afternoon to discuss how talmidim should respond when they receive draft notices from the military. It appears that most of the admorim are of the opinion that the talmidim should ignore the letters totally and not respond to induction centers, even to fill out basic information.
The Moetzas Gedolei Hatorah of Degel Hatorah feels that talmidim should report and limit their cooperation to filling out basic information such as name, address and date of birth. The followers of HaGaon HaRav Shmuel Auerbach Shlita however have adopted a more extreme approach, in line with the majority of admorim, to totally ignore draft notices.
One must remember the induction process is a lengthy one spread over a year or more and the rabbonim must decide if the talmidim may respond to first and second notices which amount to paperwork and medical exams. There are admorim who are of the opinion that talmidim should report to the draft office but refuse to fill out any forms. This will unquestionably place the talmidim and avreichim in a difficult position.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)