Yeshivas Ohr Baruch of Yerushalayim decided to fine talmidim with a drivers license NIS 5,000 as rabbonim explain they are following the derech of police of Maran HaRav Shach ZT”L. In some of the cases a talmid found to have a license was thrown out of yeshiva but it appears some yeshiva prefer to respond in a different fashion.
According to a Kikar Shabbos News report, Yeshivas Ohr Baruch, headed by Rabbi Refael Toledano has decided to fine the talmidim. The report adds that some talmidim are faced with paying NIS 10,000 or face being expelled from yeshiva and for one in the process of seeking a shidduch, such a reality could have devastating results.
The report states that eight talmidim with found to have a license. Two of them decided to pay the fine and remain in yeshiva. A third bochur received special permission to keep his license due to special circumstances. The other five talmidim did not pay and they were thrown out of yeshiva as a result.
A source in the yeshiva is quoted saying “Any decision made in this matter was done after rabbonim of 23 yeshivos met to discuss the matter, including gedolei hador and profound talmidei chachamim. The source adds the report stating that some talmidim were ousted from yeshiva because of this is not accurate, clarifying the talmidim who were thrown out were expelled for their failure to adhere to the regulations of the yeshiva.
Kikar adds that a legal expert who was consulted states the yeshiva has absolutely no right to oust the talmidim or to fine the talmidim or their parents. It is suggested that the yeshiva reach agreement with the talmidim and their parents towards their return to yeshiva.
In conclusion, whatever the outcome will be, the talmidim involved have a ‘blemish’ as a result of being expelled and while it may not be legal under the Israeli legal system, it will nevertheless carry ramifications in the chareidi community and impact their ongoing efforts towards finding a shidduch.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)