MK (Shas) Michael Malchieli is sounding the alarm over the state of Yiddishkeit of recent immigrants to Israel from France
In a letter sent to the Minister of Absorption & Immigration, he wrote:
“It is happening again. Thousands of Jews are making Aliyah from France and and history is repeating itself, as was the case when thousands arrived seventy years ago, and after so many years we are asking ourselves why didn’t the state absorb them in religious institutions? They came from religious families!
“We now see thousands of immigrants arriving from France, and representatives of the Jewish Agency and the Ministry of Absorption & Immigration do not understand they need to be registered in Talmud Torahs and Yeshivos. Once again, the state is removing tens of thousands of Jews from their Yiddishkeit and this must stop!”
Malchieli sent the letter to the Minister of Absorption, who today is Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, as the position was previously filled by a member of the Yisrael Beitenu party, which broke away from the coalition.
During a visit to France in 2017, the Satmar Rebbe Shlita of Williamsburg warned the tzibur to “save the children” and not make aliyah, fearing the Shmad that would follow. The Rebbe pointed out that many of the religious members of the community who moved to Israel in the two years prior were losing their Yiddishkheit.
In 2015, Deputy Minister of Education Meir Porush warned that children arriving in Eretz Yisrael from France may not receive a torani education, concerned state officials would place them in secular schools.
In 2015, HaGaon HaRav Moshe Sternbuch also issued a warning during a shiur, as following a terror attack in France, the Prime Minister called on French Jews to make aliyah. The rav however issued a warning, concerned with the spiritual future of the children, stating “Israel is not safer”, referring to the Jews from Yemen and their spiritual destruction. The rav stated it is forbidden for them to move to Israel if they are not certain that they will be settled in chareidi areas and placed in chareidi schools.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)