Recently Released Letter By Maran HaRav SHteinman To Hagon HaRav Don Segal Regarding Nachal Charedi


sht[The text here is a translation of the attached letter]

To the honor of my friend the gaon and tzaddik, R’ Don Segal may HaShem watch over him. Pleasant tidings on his right forever.

Since he has heard a widespread and continued report suggesting that I am in support of the idea of Nachal Charedi, that bochurim who are weak in Torah study or in Yiras Shomayim will benefit from being there and understandably such a thought would never enter my mind, what was discussed in the beginning was that bochurim who are mechallelei Shabbos and actually committing other grave transgressions for which the punishment is kareis. And the father wants to save the boy and to save the street from enduring damage that we do not have the power to withhold him but for sure it is an unforgivable sin if he were to persuade or entice in any possible way which might cause anyone who is not a mechallel Shabbos or committing other chayivei kerisos to be placed there.

And as a rule I refrain from replying about this issue because the way of some people even from those who are considered to be charedim for the word of HaShem is that they explain everything with all sorts of theories and they enjoy to cast blame on people, may HaShem forgive since perhaps their intention is for Heaven’s sake but since his honor and greatness is known to me that he isn’t chas v’shalom among those who seek to malign I am writing to you. We may hope to HaShem Yisborach that there be an increase of those who study Torah and of those who are servants of HaShem Yisborach which through their merit HaShem will have mercy on His nation and redeem us the eternal redemption.

his friend who respects him in his high esteem

A.L. Shteinman


(YWN World Headquarters – NYC)


  1. לַכֹּל, זְמָן; וְעֵת לְכָל-חֵפֶץ, תַּחַת הַשָּׁמָיִם.

    עֵת לִקְרוֹעַ וְעֵת לִתְפּוֹר,
    עֵת לַחֲשׁוֹת וְעֵת לְדַבֵּר.

    Subtle ambiguity. Beautiful

  2. Just curious. How does a private letter of the Rosh Yeshiva shlita (which he says he doesnt like writing because people distort his message, but nonetheless writes because he trusts the receipient)end up online?

  3. This letter is not dated ,and is certainly not recently released .It had been publicized a number of years ago and being a close talmid of Hagoan Hatzadik R’ Don S’hlita I’ve seen it a number of times since.

  4. תורת אמת היתה בפיהו ועוולה לא נמצא בשפתיו
    בשלום ובמישור הלך איתי ורבים השיב מעוון
    כי שפתי כהן ישמרו דעת ותורה יבקשו מפיהו
    כי מלאך ד’ צבאות הוא

  5. Clear to anyone that this letter is not of major importance.Obviously The Rosh Yeshiva Shlita supported the creation of nahal chareidi as he allows some to go there. He is not naive to believe that only the people he allows will go but that did not take away his support.The letter,as Maran shlita himself says, is an attempt to stop crazy extremists from saying such horrible things about him . whoever he stops will still be able to receive a share in the world to come.

  6. actually Nachal was formed around 50 years ago when Rav Shlomo Lorentz zt”l who was one of the leaders of TZA”I [Zeirei Agudas Yisroel] was still an MK in the Agudah Party and he was sent to the Knesset by the Chazon Ish and the Brisker Rav zecher tzadikim levrocha