Gedolei Eretz Yisroel Comment Strongly On High Court’s Decision to Cut Avreichim’s Stipends


rav-chaim-kanievskyRav Aharon Leib Shteinman, the senior rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Orchos Torah, had strong words in response to the Israeli High Court of Justice ruling revoking income support allowances for avreichim. “They’re cutting down the branches they’re sitting on,” he said. “They think they’ll keep cutting back on what the chareidim supposedly take from them, but they don’t realize that their raison d’etre is to sustain those who study Torah for a few pennies.

“If they stop, the Americans won’t give them money anymore. It’s been proven that everything they do to the chareidim comes back to get them, as we’ve witnessed with the incitement campaign against the chareidim, which came back to get them in the flotilla affair all over the world.”

Rav Shteinman  said that “[The seculars] help us and Hakadosh Boruch Hu helps them.”

Rav Chaim Kanievsky is reported as stating, “They’re funny these seculars who think they’re hurting the chareidim, but they themselves should have been the ones to protest the decision.”

Rav Michel Yehudah Lefkowitz, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Ponovezh L’Tzeirim, stated that the decision was a result of Yidden not protesting enough in the Emanuel school matter. “Because we kept quiet about the Emmanuel affair, it carried on with the bnei hayeshiva and no one knows where it will stop.”

In a groundbreaking precedent, the High Court of Justice ruled on Monday that the Israeli government’s manner of allotting stipends to avreichim was illegal, and ordered the clause be removed from the State Budget for 2011. The precedent was set with majority of six justices concurring, led by Supreme Court President Dorit Beinish.

{Yair Israel}