Gedolei Yisrael Shlita are expressing their strong disapproval over the High Court of Justice’s interference in matters pertaining to chareidi education, specifically referring to the case of the Beis Yaakov in Emanuel and the dress code adopted by chareidi mosdos.
According to the daily HaMevaser, a court decision includes reference to the “stringent dress code adopted by schools in the chareidi system, based on the beis din of R’ Wosner, who represents a particularly stringent approach regarding modesty”.
HaMevaser quotes “Gedolei and Tzadikei HaDor Shlita” expressing profound concerns regarding the court’s involvement in these matters. The matter was on the agenda during day-long discussions with gedolim and Deputy Minister of Education R’ Meir Porush, who is seeking guidance as how to respond to the recent ruling levying a 5,000 NIS daily fine on Chinuch Atzmai regarding ongoing segregation in Emanuel.
The rabbonim have instructed leaders that a public outcry must be heard, to sound an alarm against the involvement which seeks to threaten the most basic values instilled in the children in chareidi mosdos. They rejected any possibility of permitting an outside body such as the secular court to play any role whatsoever in chareidi mosdos.
Following the directive of gedolei yisrael, Porush contacted the Novominsker Rebbe Shlita, who stands a the helm of Agudas Yisrael in North America, informing the Rebbe of the conversation with gedolei yisrael and their call for the Rebbe to bring the matter to the Council of Torah Sages of Agudah in the United States.
An urgent meeting of Agudat Yisrael leaders was held in Yerushalayim on Sunday and a decision was made to distribute pushkas nationwide towards raising funds to pay the daily fine of 5,000 NIS. The fine remains in effect for as long as segregation continues in Emanuel — that is to say for as long as parents of many girls continue educating their children outside the school, refusing to send them for as long as ashkenazim and sephardim are in integrated classes.
Porush spent the entire day on Sunday in meetings with rabbonim and askanim, seeking to continue efforts to counter what Chinuch Atzmai views as an effort by the secular court to uproot the very foundation of chinuch in chareidi mosdos.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)