Secretary of the Degel Moetzas Gedolei Hatorah Rabbi Avraham Rubinstein on Sunday morning 28 Adar stated the reality of the court ordering regional school registration in Elad schools means the schools will not open for the school year.
Rabbi Rubinstein spoke with Mordechai Lavi of Kol Chai Radio on the matter. He calls on those who adhere to the word of Gedolei Yisrael not to register under the regional system.
Rubinstein added that from his perspective, there is no discrimination and talk to the contrary is nonsense. He feels there are different approaches and to call this discrimination is not correct as is the case with chassidus where each has its own schools for its young. He feels each student must attend a school that is appropriate.
He explains that the accusations of discrimination have been going on for a decade and the accusations are nonsense. Rubinstein explains that “The mentality of a family” is probed and this holds true for Ashkenazi families too, not just Sephardim. He cites there are girls who live in Bnei Brak and travel to Netanya and Rehovot for school, showing not all Ashkenazi students are automatically accepted to the girl’s high schools.
Rabbi Rubinstein explains there are families that travel to hotels for vacation, at times abroad, and these are not the families they are looking for. He explained schools differ and there is a school in Bnei Brak for example that does not accept a girl if her mother drives. He explains this does not mean the principal does not understand but perhaps they are aware certain populations have more women drivers and these are not the students they are looking for. He suggests that those who are not accepted stop speaking of discrimination but to take a closer look at their lifestyles.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)