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25 Nissan 5765 - May 4, 2005 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Botei Din Ban "Drawer Plan" Housework System

By A. Cohen

The beis din headed by HaRav Nissim Karelitz in Bnei Brak and the Eida Chareidis beis din in Jerusalem issued rulings banning participation in lectures and gatherings of the Tochnit Megeirot (literally, "Drawer Plan") for women.

In Jerusalem, Bnei Brak and other cities with chareidi concentrations, lectures, workshops and meetings for women have been held under the guise of "a new method of drawing close to Hashem through housework." The existence of the lectures has been made known by word-of-mouth and many women from different parts of Eretz Hakodesh have taken part and have formed ongoing ties with the originators of the method and the instructors who convey it.

Ostensibly aimed at alleviating the burden of running the home, the "new method" begins with the topics of neatness and cleanliness interlaced with ideas contrary to fundamental Jewish beliefs. Experts who have been tracking mystical cults for years said that certain elements in the Tochnit Megeirot create deep psychological dependency.

In their ruling, HaRav Nissim Karelitz, the Gavad of Beis Din Tzedek of Bnei Brak, and members of the beis din stated that the program "has no pure source and no oversight or guidance of its activities and touches on matters related to the fundamental principles of faith in a style very distant from the tradition and contrary to the spirit of Jewish custom and even includes heresy, Rachmono litzlan."

In a separate ruling, the members of the beis din of the Eida Chareidis wrote, "It is riddled with false, twisted, fabricated ideas contrary to pure emunoh in matters touching on fundamental Jewish beliefs and [the contents of the lectures] constitute a heretical deviation from the way of our forefathers generation after generation and where this will lead to nobody can tell."

Both rulings clearly and unequivocally prohibit attending the Tochnit Megeirot lectures and participating in the gatherings. The letters of the botei din were published in the 12 Nisan, 5765, edition of the Hebrew Yated Ne'eman on page 2.


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