In a shiur given by Eida Chareidis Ravaad HaGaon HaRav Moshe Sternbuch Shlita on Wednesday, Rosh Chodesh Shevat, the rav addressed the recent acts of terrorism in France and the calls from Israeli government officials to French Jews to come to Israel. Rav Sternbuch stated that Israel is not safer, referring to the Jews from Yemen and their spiritual destruction in Israel, which he feels is likely to occur in the event of a mass aliyah from France.
Excerpts from the rav’s word, who spoke of the time when Israel wished to induct women, and the Brisker Rov, Rav Yoel of Satmar and other gedolim abroad waged a war against it. He explained there were those who opposed the gedolim for they felt they were showing the world the division between Jews, but the gedolim were undeterred for they realized they must fight the chilul Hashem as taught by the Shulchan Aruch and Rambam. Opponents were busy with the superficial adopted by the majority, those who clearly did not understand the how one is compelled to act.
“And in our times, the government sends emissaries to France to bring the French Jews here, to disperse them as they did with the Yemenite children who were taken from their homes and not even permitted to observe Yom Kippur. They were told in Eretz Yisrael one does not have to observe mitzvos and the same can happen today regarding French Jewry R”L and if we the rabbonim of Eretz Yisrael and the Diaspora do not proclaim publicly that it is forbidden for them to come to Israel until such time it is certain that they will be settled in chareidi areas and attend chareidi mosdos. We mustn’t be afraid at all of making such a declaration nor of a chilul Hashem. On the contrary, this is the true Kiddush Hashem, and the nations of the world will know we oppose the aliyah of French Jewry to Eretz Yisrael, for they will be tricked here, and this has been proven that there is no difference between Eretz Yisrael and France for in Eretz Yisrael today, a terror attacked occurred on a bus.
“HaGaon HaTzaddik Rav Moshe Schneider ZT”L told me that when they wanted to come from Germany, the Jewish Agency refused to give permits, telling them youths have priority for aliyah so they may live here as opposed to the elderly… My rebbe and teacher responded to them harshly, telling them their words are nonsense – the opposite for the young are free of Torah and Mitzvos when they come to Israel and they are already dead for the wicked are referred to as dead in their lifetime, but we who come to Eretz Yisrael to serve Hashem and dedicate our lives to this service, we are living and will never die for our good deeds will stand forever. But the young, the free, have died some time ago.
והרי הם שולחים “מתים” ממש לארץ ישראל”.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)