Despite the high-profile media case, Shas officials to date have more or less remained silent as the Beis Yaakov Emanuel case continues to unfold in the High Court of Justice and the nation’s newspapers. On motzei shabbos, this changed, when Maran HaGaon HaRav Ovadia Yosef Shlita addressed the ongoing dispute, in a harsh tone.
The weekly address included the laws of lighting shabbos candles, with the Rav state Sephardi girls in a Beis Yaakov are taught incorrectly, to first make a bracha and then light, when Beis Yosef says to make a bracha and then light.
The Rav commended the midos and other subject matter taught in the schools, the Beis Yaakov system, stating it is by far the best available, but the halacha is lacking. Hinting to the dispute in Emanuel, he stated that if a Sephardi rav would come to the Emanuel School, he would be expelled.
Rabbonim Shlita affiliated with Agudas Yisrael are meeting and the matter remains a high priority. Agudah officials are expected to convene on Tuesday to review the situation.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)