Last week it was reported that the rebbe shlita instructed his chassidim not to report to draft centers, adopting the policy of HaGaon HaRav Shmuel Auerbach Shlita. A clarification is now being announced.
Rosh Yeshiva Slonim Shlita has now issued a clarification that the restriction prohibiting one from reporting to an induction center applies only to bochrim, not to the older talmidim and avreichim. The rosh yeshiva explained the fear is that 17-year-old talmidim reporting for a first induction order may be “damaged” or persuaded by military authorities and therefore the rebbe prohibits them from doing so. This does not apply to anyone other than these bochrim, fearing the latter may be influenced by the surroundings due to their young age.
The rebbe’s words were disseminated in the chassidus by his son, Rosh Yeshivas Slonim Shlita.
The rebbe is a member of the Moetzas Gedolei Torah of Agudas Yisrael.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)