This morning, inspectors from Israel's Ministry of Education arrived at the biggest Yeshiva in Israel, "The Mir" in order to ensure that those Israelis registered as "yeshiva students" (instead of serving in the IDF) were in fact, arriving for their morning Torah study. The Mir has a student body of over 6000 post-high school students.
Some overly-righteous students complained that the long lines that ensued were a "waste of Torah learning time" (Bittul Torah) and wanted to avoid the inspectors and disregard them altogether.
Rabbi Nosson Tzvi Finkel, the Mir's "Rosh Yeshiva" who is currently abroad fund raising for the yeshiva, issued the following unequivocal statement:
"[The State of Israel's] Ministry of Education and Religion are the greatest donors to the Yeshiva. I hereby require everyone to forgo their first learning class in the morning, and participate in the inspection."
Some were incredulous when they heard that a young father requested that he miss the inspection because his son was in the middle of an operation in the hospital. He was informed: "You have no exemption from the inspection. As soon as your son's operation is over, report immediately to the yeshiva for inspection."
I hope the Rosh Yeshiva's message was heard and understood loud and clear by all the students.
News and Photo Source: BHOL.
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