Interestingly, the international diplomatic assault against Israel following the Gaza flotilla operation continues to dominate the news, and chareidi media sources point at that one wanted result of the unfortunate reality is that the chareidi bashing has abated, at least for now. Nevertheless, the chareidim are no less occupied and concerned regarding the Beis Yaakov Emanuel, with efforts continuing to reach a mutually acceptable agreement, but to date, this has not proven likely.
Rabbis Blau, Yosef, Katz and others involved, not to mention behind-the-scenes askonus have failed to yield results, and the pressure surrounding the situation which has merited unwanted High Court of Justice involvement mounts.
The head of the Vaad HaKodesh V’HaChinuch Committee, HaRav Mordechai Blau gave an interview to Kol HaTzibur, apparently unable or simply unwilling to remain silent any longer. He did not attempt to hide his anger and disdain for Yoav Lalum, who dragged the school and Chinuch Atzmai into court, unwilling to tolerate what he calls the discrimination against Sephardi girls in the school.
He mocked the fact that Lalum heads an organization called Noar K’Halacha, opting to change the name to ‘Noar Lo K’Halacha.
He blames Lalum for causing irreparable damage to the chareidi community, its chinuch, and way of life, explaining that he dragged the matter into the secular press “which simply does not understand the chareidi way of life and its values”.
The rav continues, asking “Does he even have an idea what Chinuch Atzmai is? Does he understand the institution? Does he know who Rav Aaron Kotler was – who planted himself in the snow of New York to collect another dollar and another dollar towards saving another child in Eretz Yisrael, and yes, including Sephardim”.
The rav questions in Lalum now plans to run chareidi Jewry, “as was in golus with Yankel HaMoiser, who was always too willing to run to authorities to turn someone in. Here too, in the name of fixing an injustice, discrimination, he perpetrates and awful injustice, not knowing his left from his right”.
“He is simply in fire, in fire! He will receive a large place in gehenom for this!”
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)