Members of Agudas Yisrael’s Rabbinical Council (Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah) in the United States convened in an urgent meeting in the home of the Novominsker Rebbe Shlita. Taking part in the meeting were Rabbi Chaim Levine Shlita (Telz Chicago), Rabbi Aaron Schechter Shlita (Chaim Berlin), Rabbi Dovid Feinstein Shlita (Mesivta Tifferes Yerushalayim), Rabbi Yosef Harari Raful Shlita (Ateret HaTorah, NY), Rabbi Shmuel Kaminetzky Shlita (Philadelphia), Rabbi Malkiel Kotler Shlita (Lakewood) and Rabbi Simcha Bunim Ehrenfeld Shlita (Gavaad Mattersdorf).
The Novominsker Rebbe Shlita raised the issue of the recent Israel Supreme Court ruling against Chinuch Atzmai, levying a NIS 5,000 daily fine against Chinuch Atzmai surrounding the ongoing controversy in the Emanuel Beis Yaakov School as was reported by YWN-Israel.
According to a HaMevaser report, the Rebbe explained to participants in the meeting that Deputy Minister of Education R’ Meir Porush explained the fine is in fact placing an untenable financial strain on the organization, not to mention the brazen decision of the court demanding that parents appear before the High Court to defend themselves, to explain why they have chosen not to send their girls to the school.
The Novominsker explained he accepts the position of the Slonimer Rebbe Shlita, who stated there cannot be any compromise or flexibility regarding chareidi chinuch, calling on parents to remain firm in their decision despite the ferocity of the High Court’s decision. The HaMevaser report quotes the Slonimer Shlita as saying that one must go to jail if required, but there cannot be compromise. The rabbonim on the council concurred with the position.
The rabbonim reiterated the need for the chareidi chinuch to remain independent, under the exclusive control of Gedolei Yisrael Shlita.
The forum decided that Agudas Yisrael Executive Vice President Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel would remain in contact with R’ Porush, who heads Agudas Yisrael in Eretz Yisrael, to work towards overturning the court decree. Following the meeting, Zwiebel spoke at length with Porush, who briefed him in detail regarding the chain of events and the court’s decision.
Regarding allegations of discrimination in the school, Porush explained that the facts in the case are simple, and anyone willing to accept the rules and regulations of the school may attend — stating it is as simple as that. He rejected any allegations of discrimination as alleged by the court.
Zwiebel then spoke with attorney Mordechai Green of the B’Tzedek organization, who provided a legal picture of the current situation, who reportedly explained the court’s decision was a precedent, lacking any legal stance since it was proven there is no discrimination as alleged.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)