A Ponevezh Yeshiva student has gone missing from Yeshiva and his parents’ home for the last two weeks. There have been a number of eye-witness reports that hint to the student being on a Tiyul in the north of Israel, however, no one has been able to make contact with the bochur.
The truth, when it was finally revealed on Thursday, shocked the yeshiva. The student decided to leave the Yeshiva and his parents’ home in Yerushalayim and enlist in the IDF. His friends have said that he is currently living in a home established for lone soldiers.
Friends of the Bochur spoke to Kikar Shabbos about their friend and his intentions. “A person who revealed himself as helping lone soldiers, appeared here and is a dangerous person who is looking to topple Talmidei Yeshiva from among the students here in Ponevezh. Over the course of a few months he convinced our friend to leave everything and enlist.”
The bochur in question used to be a chavrusa with one of the Roshei Yeshiva. One day he simply vanished from the Yeshiva altogether.
According to one of the friends of the bochur from yeshiva, “After a deeper investigation that we undertook, we found that this person who helps lone soldiers paid for the bochur to take a week-and-a-half long trip with other bochrim who have left yeshivos in the past and tour the north of the country on an all-expense-paid trip in order to convince him to cut all ties with the yeshiva and enlist.”
Another of the bochur’s friends told Kikar Shabbos that the bochur’s family is in distress as their son left without any warning and cut all ties with his family without even giving them a chance to talk to him or say goodbye.
An educator who is close to the Yeshiva said in an interview with Kikar that: “This is a story that terrifies every Jewish soul. This is how you snatch a bochur from yeshiva? You cut him off from all of his friends and family? This is horrible and terrible.”
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)