Saturday, January 17, 2009

When rockets started to land in Ashdod, the heads of the Grodno Yeshiva (a satellite of Ponevezh in Ashdod) asked the great sage Rav Elyashiv shlit"a what to do. This is what Rav Elyashiv shlit"a said:

Under no circumstances should the yeshiva leave Ashdod. First of all, the zechus of their Torah learning would protect them. It is incumbent upon them to have bitachon in Hashem. Second, it would harm the morale of others in Ashdod if the Yeshiva were to abandon them, especially as the people of Ashdod are extremely cognizant of the great merit that the Yeshiva brings to their town. Third, since the bochurim are young and able-bodied and many people in the town are elderly or sick, it is important for the bochurim to do all they can to help those people who need assistance. Of course, since the reason that the bochurim are not involved in the war effort as soldiers is that they are immersed in learning, it is especially important that every moment not spent on chessed be spent on learning.

The kiddush Hashem that the Grodno Yeshiva caused through their exemplary behavior in Ashdod during the course of the war in Gaza is no doubt one of the reasons that Tzahal has been zocheh to such success in the war effort. May Hashem grant Rav Elyashiv arichus yamim veshanim and continued ability to shepherd Klal Yisrael with the wisdom and compassion that has characterized his leadership for so many years.


Blogger chardal said...

Is this a joke?

You do realize that Grodno avreichim fled town like little babies at the instruction of Rav Elyashiv. Right?

11:17 AM  
Blogger Ben said...

Yes. it's a joke. Follow the link.

11:28 AM  
Blogger Sharvul said...

There is a serious flaw with R. Elyashiv's psak, if the "geder" is "makom mesukan".

The yeshiva boys' exodus from Ashdod to Bnei Brak exposed them, statistically speaking, to more danger, not less. The chances of them being involved in a fatal road accident is higher than them being hit by a missile from Gaza.

2:00 PM  
Anonymous Chutznik said...

I don't follow something here: Haven't the government closed educational institutions within rocket range of Aza? I heard that the Chabad yeshiva in Kiryat Gat was FORCED to close by pikud ha'oref, though the hanhala themselves wanted to stay open. Can someone please explain?

3:18 PM  
Anonymous Y. Ben-David said...

My nephew studies in a yeshiva in Kiryat Malachi and the authorities there told them not to stay in school. I also recall that during the Scud War in 1991, Rav Shach and other leaders told the yeshivot and residents in Benei Beraq to stay put even though they were in the target area, and indeed, the town was not hit. So it is possible that the Ashdod yeshiva was closed by the authorities, although I can't say for certain.

9:00 PM  
Blogger MoChassid said...


My chareidi daughter doesn't think this post is so nice but her cynical father thinks it's very funny.

3:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the last sentence is offensive.

7:27 AM  
Anonymous babyrabbi said...

Right on, Ben! MoChassid's chareidi daughter and anonymous may find your post offensive, but the truth hurts. For what it's worth, a close relative of mine is learning in KBY now, and apart from the Pikud Ha'Oref capping the occupancy in any given building at 100 (meaning that the talmidim are separated among three battei medrash and meals are in shifts), everyone is staying put.

8:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't think he couldn't post to disagree. I thought the last sentence was unneccessary.

10:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and of course a little achdut can't hurt. There were other yeshivas he told to stay put, or so I read, I think on Yeshiva world.

10:53 AM  
Blogger MoChassid said...


My daughter didn't find it offensive; she laughed. She just didn't think it was nice...There's a difference.

4:50 PM  
Anonymous babyrabbi said...

MoChassid- I stand corrected.

7:50 PM  

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