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15 Sivan 5765 - June 22, 2005 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Call for United Campaign to Increase Yeshiva Funding

By Betzalel Kahn

An emergency meeting of roshei yeshivos held at the home of HaRav Boruch Mordechai Ezrachi together with MKs from Degel HaTorah and Agudas Yisroel focused on the severe financial condition of the yeshiva world in Eretz Yisroel.

The meeting was initiated by HaRav Ezrachi, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Ateres Yisroel, after speaking with several roshei yeshivos about the extreme difficulties they face in maintaining their yeshivas. HaRav Ezrachi opened the meeting with an account of the existential threat to the yeshiva world. He welcomed those present at the meeting and conveyed the regrets of several prominent roshei yeshivos who were unable to participate on such short notice: HaRav Chaim Pinchos Scheinberg, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Torah Ohr, HaRav Nosson Tzvi Finkel, rosh yeshivas of Yeshivas Mir, HaRav Yehuda Addes, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Kol Yaakov, HaRav Yigal Rosen, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Or Yisroel, and HaRav Eliyahu Abba Shaul, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Ohr Letzion.

Speakers included HaRav Simchah HaKohen Kook, the rov of Rechovot and president of Yeshivas Me'or HaTalmud, HaRav Nosson Rothstein, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Nezer HaTorah, HaRav Moshe Mordechai Chodosh, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon, HaRav Boruch Weissbecker, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Beis Mattisyohu, HaRav Gavriel Toledano, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Ohr Boruch, MK Rabbi Avrohom Ravitz, deputy minister of welfare, MK Rabbi Shmuel Halpert, deputy minister of transportation, MK Rabbi Meir Porush and MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni.

Among the other participants attending the meeting were HaRav Ben Tzion Ezrachi, a ram at Yeshivas Ateres Yisroel, HaRav Yitzchok Ehrenfeld, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Beis Shmuel, HaRav Gavriel Yosef Levy, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Be'er HaTorah, HaRav Avrohom Yitzchok HaKohen Kook, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Me'or HaTalmud, and HaRav Moshe Yehuda Schlesinger, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Kol Torah. At the end of the meeting the host, HaRav Ezrachi, read aloud the following resolutions:

1. A forum of roshei yeshivos will be set up to represent the yeshiva world. The forum will meet periodically at intervals to be determined.

2. The Knesset members will meet with the forum periodically and before every decision affecting the yeshivas.

3. A delegation of roshei yeshivos will travel to Diaspora countries to publicize the crisis situation and the threat to the yeshivas' existence.


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