Children Move To Peleg Schools


Rav Shmuel Auerbach, head of the Peleg Yerushalmi group which opposes yeshiva students even appearing at IDF induction centers to receive exemptions, instructed parents to remove their children from chadorim and schools sympathetic to the group and place them in the Peleg’s own institutions due to the interference of the Education Ministry in chareidi schools. Rav Shmuel warned of the importance “to guard the container of pure oil passed down from generation to generation.”

Unlike most chareidi institutions, Peleg takes no funds from the government.

Rav Aharon Teitelbaum of Satmar, who also opposes Israeli government funding of schools, praised Peleg’s policy at a recent tish.

Due to the transfer, the number of boys learning in Peleg’s Tiferes Tzion Talmud Torah in Bnei Brak grew from 240 to 800. The group’s Sarah Shnerer Bais Yaakov in Bnei Brak has 570 girls and its Ohel Rochel high school has 350 students.

610 boys are registered in a new Talmud Torah in Yerushalayim and 490 girls are learning in a Yerushalayim Bais Yaakov. A smaller Talmud Torah was established in the Neveh Yaakov neighborhood of Yerushalayim and close to 300 students registered in the group’s Da’as Zekeinim Talmud Torah in Modi’in.

{David Steger – Israel News Bureau}


  1. Yes, its true that the Etzniks are trying to split their faction away from the mainstream Bnai Torah community of Eretz Yisroel united under the direction of the Gedolei HaDor and all the major Roshei Yeshiva and Rabanim. In fact, it is their right to follow their leader who is a Gadol in his own right. But to say that there is something amiss in the mainstream due to their approach to draft deferment as opposed to the approach of Rav Auerbach, is beyond belief.
    The fact is that the new schools and the “big switch” constitute less than 200 children in Yerushalayim and Bnai Brak combined. The schools WILL be taking government money as has been the shita promulgated by Rav Schach zt’l, Rav Shlomo Zalman zt’l and the Steipler zt’l and the Gedolei HaDor of the past. The very fact that the Peleg has a political party and participates in Israeli elections marks them as “beyond the pale” as far as Satmar is concerned. To think they are being lauded in Monroe or Williamsburg is ludicrous.

  2. Those who have taken upon themselves to undermine the Torah hierarchy of our generation are striving for acceptance in the court of American public opinion.

  3. As many of you know there are two Charedi factions in Israel and around the world that are in constant dispute. What started as a disagreement and a difference of opinion quickly escalated to an extreme quarrel between both factions. Although I am personally not well versed in the opinions of both sides, it is clear to me that this conflict is an ongoing issue in the community. This is not about who is right and wrong or which faction to side with, it is about how it impacts each member of the community daily.

    Children are exposed to constant fighting in their stores, schools and homes. They receive conflicting views before they are old enough to develop an opinion of their own. Educational institutions are opened to segregate both factions. Kids are taught to be resentful of each other and resort to violence to support the views imposed by family members and educators.

    We are supposed to be role models for the future generations. Do you believe that this behavior is setting a good example? It isn’t fair four our children to be raised in such an environment. I believe that humanity is good and that everyone involved in the dispute has good intentions. We are G-D fearing Jews who are stubborn in nature.
    Let’s all try to get along, live peacefully together and present a united front, even when we have a difference of opinion or approach. We have enough resentment and hate in the world, the last thing we need is to fight each other.

  4. Nice sentiment. Won’t get you far, though.
    Sadly, frum Jews love to fight and argue. It’s the closest we ever get to genuine exercise. Every charedi has to fight, be correct, win, dominate, be in charge, etc , or life’s not worth living. After all, how can my hashkafa be wrong?
    With that attitude, there’ll never be peace among the yeshivish. I wish them many healthy, happy years of infighting. Let’s see where that gets them.


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