The Roshei Yeshiva of Yeshivat Hevron (located in the Givat Mordechai neighborhood of Jerusalem) recently decided to increase the severity of punishment given out to students who study for and receive a driver’s license. The Roshei Yeshiva held a meeting among themselves with regards to the topic after they discovered that two of the better students in the Yeshiva had acquired a driver’s license.
Following the meeting, Rosh Yeshiva Hagaon HaRav David Cohen decided to expel the students from the Yeshiva. The students received the message on Wednesday. They packed up and left the very same day.
In previous years, Chevron Yeshiva was considered to be one of the more lenient Chareidi Yeshivos with regards to students obtaining driving licenses and other bureaucratic issues regarding the state of Israel. However, in recent years, under the leadership of Rabbi David Cohen, the Yeshiva has taken a far more stringent stance on such matters.
Three years ago, the Yeshiva mandated that all students sign a form stating that they are aware that they are prohibited from obtaining a driver’s license as long as they are a student of the Yeshiva.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)