The Satmar Rebbe Shlita is scheduled to arrive in Eretz Yisrael next week and he is planning to dedicate a handsum some to the battle to prevent the induction of chareidim into the IDF.
The Satmar Rebbe of Williamsburg Shlita is due to arrive in Eretz Yisrael for the bris of a grandson and will continue his minhag of the “Shekel Tahor” program, which is simply Satmar matches each shekel a yeshiva does not take from the state. In past years Satmar has spent millions on this program for it feels yeshivos mustn’t take any funds from the Zionist state.
Kikar Shabbos News reports that this time however, the rebbe is not just going to continue the program but he is planning to invest major funds in the battle against serving in the military, stating “we must mobilize on behalf of these people”.
The rebbe is expected to arrive on Monday evening 22 Shevat and he will head directly to Yerushalayim. The bris is expected to be held on Tuesday morning and thousands of chassidim from all over Israel are expected to attend. The rebbe is expected to leave on Tuesday night for London for what is billed “a historic visit”, his first to that city since becoming rebbe.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)