The plan to affix a mezuzah in the Meva’ot I’ron School near Kibbutz Ein Shemmer should be cause for celebration, but instead, it has resulted in a bitter conflict, with some students and parents yelling “religious coercion”.
What started the conflict was an innocent request from a number of students, who simply believed it would be nice to see a mezuzah, and perhaps even kiss it once in a while, as they see in homes and so forth.
It appears that when a number of students invited Chief Rabbi Yonah Metzger Shlita to come and affix a mezuzah, the students from Ein Shemmer, which identifies with Shomer HaTza’ir, expressed their adamant disapproval, unwilling to accept the “religious coercion”. The older students explained that while it may be in line with Jewish tradition, it is offensive to the doctrine and ideology of Hashomer HaTza’ir. They went as far as to say the “mezuzot bother many of us”, insisting they cannot tolerate seeking them on the doorposts.
The Chief Rabbi did affix the mezuzah as planned, amid a small protest, and the incident gained nationwide notoriety in the mainstream media, with proponents and opponents expressing their opinions. This just fed the ongoing dispute which seems to obsess the media, for and against chareidism.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)