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Monday, October 23, 2017

Anti-Semitic Cartoon of Dershowitz on the Berkeley's Student Paper



This isn't a Nazi Newspaper .... Nope! 
It's the  Berkeley's independent student-run newspaper. ......
Tweet those bastards that "Lo Zu Ha'Derech" 

dailycal.org

The Daily Californian, the University of California, Berkeley’s student newspaper, has offered a monstrously anti-Semitic cartoon of famed lawyer Alan Dershowitz that would have fit perfectly in any issue of Nazi Germany’s Der Sturmer.


The drawing showed Dershowitz’s head fitting through a stock emblazoned “The liberal case for Israel” (the title of the speech Dershowitz gave on campus on October 16), while on the other side of the stock the palm of his hand held an IDF soldier standing with his rifle drawn with a bloody, prostrate Palestinian lying in front of him as blood dripped down toward Dershowitz’s shoe, which was crushing another Palestinian.

Shomer Negiyah Cards !

Now I've seen everything!




Marijuana Havdalah ..... New Trend????

Karen Benezra, left, and Catherine Goldberg leading the havdalah blessings at a recent “Chai Havdalah” event in Brooklyn.

Marijuana entrepreneur Catherine Goldberg was working on an event with the Orthodox founders of Mitzva Herbal, a company that makes kosher-certified cannabis-infused edibles, when she shared her dream of uniting marijuana-loving Jews over Friday-night dinners.
“They were, like, ‘Cat, we can’t smoke on Shabbat,” Goldberg, 28, recalled. “So I figured havdalah, instead, was perfect.”
Thus “Chai Havdalah” — in which “chai” is pronounced “high” — was born.
Since July it has become a somewhat regular event, advertised by word of mouth, that marks the end of Shabbat with the traditional havdalah blessing alongside the less traditional acts of smoking marijuana and eating cannabis-infused edibles.
So far there have been five Chai Havdalah events, mostly in the herb-friendly states of California and Colorado. But last weekend, on the second floor of a brownstone in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood, about three dozen people gathered to smoke pot, listen to the sounds of a local hip-hop duo, bid farewell to Shabbat and usher in a new week.
“I love being Jewish and I love weed, so it made sense to bring my two passions together,” Goldberg said on Saturday night, wearing a shirt with the words “Let’s Get Chai.” “I wanted to show people that Judaism can be really fun and it doesn’t mean you have to go to temple. I wanted to build a community around food and a new way of doing things.”

Monsey Greedy Developers Destroy Thousands of Trees!


Naaaaa! This isn't Berlin after WW2 and no, it isn't the Warsaw Ghetto after the Nazis killed everyone inside and burned the Ghetto down ..... nope!!!
Its in the heart of Monsey, on 306 .... and the town council "Klein" bachie, signed off on it ...
Question: How much money did the greedy developers give Klein?????        HMM??

Rabbi Moshe Zeev Dror Drowns in Mikva Right Before Son's Bar-Mitzvah

A 47-year-old Jerusalem man died Monday morning after he lost consciousness while immersing in a ritual bath (mikvah) on Ibn Hazel Street in the capital.

The man has been identified as Rabbi Moshe Zeev Dror.
Dror was not breathing when he was found in the mivkah and had no vital signs.

MDA and United Hatzalah emergency medical responders were called to the scene and attempted to resuscitate Dror. After repeated attempts to resuscitate him, paramedics were forced to declare Dror dead at the scene.

“When I got there, I saw a number of civilians attempting to perform CPR on a man who had been pulled from a mikvah,” said United Hatzalah volunteer Nahum Yozvitz. “I joined them in their resuscitation attempts, and was later assisted by other volunteers from the United Hatzalah motorcycle response unit that live in the area as we attempted to save [the man’s] life. Unfortunately, we had to declare him dead after the attempts to resuscitate him.”

While paramedics attempted to resuscitate him, Dror’s wife and son waited outside of the entrance to the mikvah, praying on him to be saved.

The tragedy struck the Dror family just days before a planned Bar Mitzvah celebration, and as one of Dror’s daughters prepared for her wedding. Dror’s son was scheduled to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah this Thursday, while his daughter is to be wed in December.

Mordechai Ben David visits Sexual Predator Rabbi Berland



The "Groiseer" Tzaddik MBD took time to visit the admitted sexual predator and fiend R' Berland....
G-D forbid he should visit the victims that are scarred for life!

Two weeks after Rabbi Eliezer Berland's house arrest expired, hasidic singer Mordechai Ben David visited Rabbi Berland's study hall.
Upon his release, Rabbi Berland took part in a Simchat Beit Hashoeva celebration honoring the anniversary of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov's passing.
Rabbi Eliezer Berland, 80, is the founder of the Shuvu Banim Yeshiva in the Old City of Jerusalem and was once a leading figure in the Breslov community. He was accused in 2013 of molesting two female followers and was sentenced last November to 18 months in prison.
However, five months into his sentence he was released to a hospice to receive regular treatment for serious health problems he has suffered in recent years.
Last month, some of the women filed a civil suit for four million shekels ($1.14 million) and requested Rabbi Berland not be allowed to leave Israel.


Moshiach's Coming..... Video

Talmud Predicts that When Young Disrespect Elders Moshiach is Close 


עיקבתא דמשיחא ברחובות ירושלים


Thursday, October 19, 2017

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH





 OCTOBER 19, 2017
by Dov LipmanIt was such a beautiful scene on Tuesday: religious IDF soldiers walking the last 4 kilometers of their eight months of training, some with their tzitzit hanging out of their uniform pants, others with their peyot (sidecurls) flying in the wind, and all with kippot worn proudly on their heads.

Singing “We are believers the sons of believers,” “Worship God with happiness,” and other religious songs, they marched and ran in full gear, carrying weighted-down stretchers, in the tradition of IDF soldiers in training.


At the conclusion of this march, in which my son took part, and just before the ceremony where they received their IDF berets, these soldiers prayed the afternoon service, many with their eyes closed, some intensely swaying, others standing completely still. They thanked God for bringing them to this day, and prayed for their safety and the security of their country.

At the exact same time as this ceremony, hundreds of other religious Israelis were blocking intersections throughout the country in the name of religion, in protest over the arrest of two draft dodgers. 

Why were they arrested? Because they broke the law: 
They failed to respond to the letters they received telling them to appear at their local IDF draft board. And for no reason: All these draft dodgers had to do was show up, claim that “Torah is their trade,” and they would have received exemptions from military service.

But they didn’t bother to do that, flouting the law which requires them to do so. So they were arrested and imprisoned for three weeks. 


Did the police enter the yeshiva where these young men were supposedly studying Torah day and night in order to arrest them? 

No. They were caught driving recklessly while on vacation in the Dead Sea region. For that, hundreds of demonstrators blocked tens of thousands of Israelis from going about their lives. This is an embarrassment in a country a state of law.

It is time for authorities to come down hard on the “Jerusalem Faction” of the haredi community which sent these demonstrators to the streets, and which instructs its followers to ignore the law and not show up for their army exemptions.

Every single one of these demonstrators who fights the police when they try to remove them from the roads must be imprisoned – not for a day’s incarceration as is done now, but for a minimum of six months. And their leaders – yes, including rabbis – must be brought in as well. There is a law against inciting to break a law, and those who violate it, especially when it involves educating and even commanding youngsters to violate the law, should be held accountable. We cannot allow anarchy.

Israel has been patient with these “protesters” and has demonstrated remarkable restraint. But there comes a time when a country has to put its foot down and say: We will not tolerate this anymore.

That time has come.

The demonstrators and their leadership know that they won’t be really punished for their actions, so they continue ignoring the law requiring them to appear before the draft board, and continue to disrupt the country. 

During this week’s demonstrations, a policeman in Jerusalem was surrounded by these hooligans who were throwing rocks and other objects at his marked car, and blocking him from driving. He got out of this car with his pistol drawn. The demonstrators fled, he was able to drive on, and traffic on that street resumed. Is it comfortable for us to see a Jewish policeman wave his pistol at Jewish demonstrators? No. But did it work in order to restore law and order? Yes.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked must join forces to strengthen the penalties for these extremist demonstrators, and must punish their leaders as well. Moreover, it is incumbent on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to support Erdan and Shaked and not worry about the haredim in his coalition revolting over these measures.

It is also time for the mainstream haredi community to take a stronger stance against these extremists. MK Uri Maklev of United Torah Judaism was questioned about these demonstrators on Army Radio, and he said that while this is not his way and he thinks the protesters do damage, he doesn’t want to comment beyond that. No! Mainstream haredim must lead the way in condemning the Jerusalem Faction, and throw it out of the fold. The haredi leadership – if they are indeed the leadership – must support stricter policing and punishment of these religious zealots.

Jewish tradition is clear how the Second Temple was ultimately destroyed because of religious extremism, infighting and zealotry.

We cannot allow the same to happen to the modern Jewish state. We must continue to celebrate and support the thousands of young ultra-religious soldiers who join the ranks of the Israel Defense Forces, and who demonstrate daily that one can be a Talmudic scholar and be fervently religious while also serving in the Israeli army. And we must show zero tolerance, with harsh penalties, for those religious extremists and spiritual leaders who ignore the rule of law.

The author served as a member of the 19th Knesset with the Yesh Atid party.

Auerbach's Animals Cause Massive Chillul Hashem ...See Names of the Terrorists and their Yeshivas!

איזה חילול ה' עושים המחבלים-הליטאים אנשי שמואל אויערבך - מזעזע



NAMES OF THE DESERTERS 
Shlomo Kobi Tov - Yeshivat Grodna Ashdod 

Israel Shefter - Yeshivat Grodna Ashdod 

Haim Volozhin - Yeshivat Grodna Ashdod 

Yechezkel Shtamper - Grodna Yeshiva Ashdod 

Arieh Elyashiv - Yeshivah Grodna Ashdod 

Meir Elyashiv - Yeshivat Divrei Emet 

Tanchum Elyashiv - Yeshivat Knesset Yitzhak Hadera 

Gabriel Cabra - Avrech 


Ninth Deserter has not yet been transferred, but is in the process of extradited to the Military Police. 

When these nine deserters joined the two deserters who were arrested at the beginning of the week - Yisrael Meir Kaplinsky and Ben-Zion Weisenstern - whose arrest led to the arrest

Sholom Paz Had Enough With Auerbach's Terrorists and leaves Frumkeit!

Shalom Paz Seen Talking to Auerbach and as he looks now!

The ones mcircled in Red are his brothers that left Frumkeit with him 


Chilonim Had Enough With the Frum Animals and have a fist fight!


SHOCKING FOOTAGE: Peleg Savages Refuse To Allow Ambulance On An Emergency Call To Pass


Watch Chareidie Animals Scream "Shiksah" on a Bas Yisroel!


Black Guy Speaks "Heimishe" Yiddish

video

1890's When "Goyim" were "Yeshivish .... They all wore hats!


Auerbach Terrorist Stripped Naked and Thrown Outside


Auerbach, is the founder of the chareidie terror organization called "Peleg".
One of his terrorists barged into the Yeshiva Shaarei Chesed and yelled "Draft Draft" at Rav Yigal Rosen, that was giving a shiur. 

A bunch of R' Rosen's talmidim grabbed him, stripped him of his clothes and threw him outside!


Just Like "Black Life Matters" Haredim Call For A "Day of Rage" to Protest Bochrim that are arrested for Refusing to Register For Draft

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men sit on a road during a protest against the detention of members of their community who failed to report to a military recruiting office, near Modiin, Israel October 19, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

There is not one Bochur in an Israeli Jail because he is learning in Yeshiva and refuses to join the army, however, Israeli Law requires all young men and women to REGISTER for the draft! 

The old fanatic, Shmuel Auerbach, that R' Chaim Kanievsky referred to as a "zakein mammre" instructed his parasites to defy the law and not register.... 

The Israeli government arrests those who refuse to register, so the Israeli "leidegeires" like the shvartzes in the US called for a "day of rage." and are blocking traffic, ironically in Chareidei neighborhoods!

Thursday’s protests began at the busy Shilat Junction near Modiin Ilit, which is home to a large Charedi population. Other protests were due to take place in Jerusalem, Bnei Brak, Beit Shemesh, El Ad, Ashdod in southern Israel, and Safed in northern Israel.









Charedie Assault on Israeli Female Soldier Goes Viral and Reported by World Media


This massive Chillul Hashem by Bochrim that supposedly learn Torah, spitting on an Israeli Chayelet has gone viral and was the headline of yesterday's Washington Post! And today's New York Post!

Female Israeli soldier uses ninja moves on threatening

 crowd of ultra-Orthodox protesters

Ultra-Orthodox Jews protesting the military draft is nothing new in Israel, 
but a young woman using karate chops and kung-fu kicks to push back a 
crowd of angry young men might just be a first.

Meet Nomi Golan.
On Monday night, Golan, an off-duty soldier, attempted to guide a car through a violent protest that erupted in Jerusalem after two yeshiva students were arrested by the army for not showing up at the military recruitment office.
Ultra-Orthodox students have long been exempt from serving in the military, but they must still present themselves to the army with a letter from their school — something a number refuse to do.
The video of Golan fending off a group of men as they cursed at her, calling her a “shiksa” (a non-Jewish woman) and a whore and spitting at her, has caught the attention of both secular and ultra-Orthodox or Haredi media in Israel.
It was featured by mainstream news outlets and shared widely on social media Tuesday, as the protests by one of the more extreme Haredi sects continued for a second day.




Wednesday, October 18, 2017

NYPD Quitely Remove "Chesed Bins" At Night!


From a Citizen ....

Many of us have seen the dropoff bins put out at various locations in Flatbush  by the Chesed Center. (They have other bins in other parts of the city as well) 

I’ve observed over the past months many well meaning  people dropping off expensive clothing, shoes, toys etc., apparently in the belief that it will go to a good cause.

To be clear, I do not vouch for the legitimacy of the Chesed Center, and to what extent or what percentage of donations reach the intended recipients. One clearly has reason to question the veracity of a “chesed” organization, that prior to the present time was not known, and has no office address, its only presence being on the www. ; You  can do your own google research .and find that many a donation bin was only a scam, the donated clothing not going to the needy, but  for recycling with  proceeds to the owner

But turning back to the issue at hand, these bins have been here for a while, and (for whatever reason)  no action was taken by law enforcement. That was until tonight.

Last night, under cloak of darkness, NYPD Officers  of the 66th Precinct, had this donation bin (and its contents) towed from Avenue I off of Ocean Parkway. The  obvious concern is one of due process;  notice and an opportunity by the Chesed Center.

Why did the NYPD act in a sneaky way to tow on a late weekend night, hoping no one would notice. But more important is the notion of selective enforcement; this  bin as opposed to others. If  they are all illegal they all should have been towed. 

I tried calling the 66th precinct at (718) 851 5611 and asking for an explanation. I was put on an indefinite hold. Maybe your luck will be better.

ZIONIST STUDIES FIND EATING FRUITS, TREE NUTS CUTS RISK OF CANCER


Zionists say that eating fruits daily reduces the risk of developing blood and lymph cancers, and cuts the risk of contracting a variety of malignancies including lung, bladder, gastric and esophageal cancer; and eating tree nuts (not peanuts) minimizes the danger of recurrence and death from colorectal cancer.

These findings were reported on Tuesday by the Zionist Israel Cancer Association, which held a press conference in advance of its annual Knock on the Door fund-raising campaign next Monday. The campaign will be headed this year by Liora Ofer, chairman of Melisron and Ofer Investments.

Ofer said: “Sometimes it seems that none of us has enough mental resources to cope with pain, helplessness, seemingly endless treatments and loss. This disease does not distinguish between people. Therefore, we need more than ever to mobilize to combat cancer. At the ICA, each patient receives an attentive ear and professional advice for the specific treatment and for the doctor or hospital that specializes in the specific type of illness.”

ICA director-general Miri Ziv added: “Cancer has no territorial boundaries. It hurts people all over the world, so every achievement in cancer research, including here in Israel, means success of the entire world in the fight against cancer. Indeed, new methods developed from studies conducted in Israel are implemented today here and abroad.”

Prof. Lital Keinan Boker, deputy director of the Health Ministry’s Center for Disease Control, reported on findings from the National Cancer Registry that while “the Israeli Arab population has lower incidence rates than the Jewish population for most cancers, the rates in the Arab sector are increasing over time, thus narrowing the gap with the Jewish population.” With high smoking and obesity rates, the consumption of a more Western, urban diet, and reduced fertility, Arab Israelis are putting themselves at higher risk for cancer.

An ICA-funded meta-analysis by several Israeli hospitals found that eating a lot of fresh produce reduces the risk of developing blood and lymph cancers, including Hodgkin’s lymphoma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, myeloma and acute myeloid leukemia.


The study on tree nuts found that eating almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, macadamia, pecans and more can reduce the risk of obesity, insulin resistance and diabetes and cut the danger of the recurrence of colon cancer by 46% and death from it by 53% compared with patients who did not consume nuts.

A study conducted at Tel Aviv University’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine found that the balance of seven genes in glioblastoma model systems may predict a significant prolongation of patients’ lives. Glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer, is known to be particularly violent. Some 97% of patients die within 14 months of diagnosis, and many die within a few months.

In the future, the studies may serve as a basis for the development of an effective cocktail of drugs for these deadly diseases and other cancers, Based on these results, the researchers developed materials that would identify and fluoresce cancer cells that remained in tissue in real-time, while surgically removing the tumor.

Cancer patients and their families are invited to contact the ICA telemedicine center 24 hours a day to ask questions and receive free newsletters on cancer treatment, treatments, rights and services, clinical studies, support groups, events and seminars for patients. 
Call 1-800-599 or go to the website at http://en.cancer.org.il.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Oh Oh! Vegas woman who claimed multiple gunmen dies unexpectedly ??????

Kymberley Suchomel

I'm not into conspiracy theories, but this seems very strange .. The 28-year old that claimed that there were multiple shooters, was found dead in her bed.

The 28-year-old shooting survivor had taken to Facebook to contradict the official story line.


Just over a week after living through the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history in Las Vegas on October 1, shooting survivor and witness Kymberley Suchomel passed away at the age of 28. 

Suchomel was uninjured in the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, and after the terrifying event she used her Facebook presence to contradict the official story of a lone gunman. 

According to Kymberley Suchomel’s posts, there were multiple shooters involved in the horrific mass shooting that left 58 people dead and 546 injured. 

In fact, Suchomel, who was the co-founder of the High Desert Phoenix Foundation (a charity that financially assists victims of tragedies), claimed that she and those in her party were “chased” by more than one active shooter.
“Bullets were coming from every direction. Behind us, in front of us, to the side of us. But I know, I just know, that there was someone chasing us. The entire time I felt this way. The farther we got from the venue, the closer the gunfire got. I kept looking back expecting to see the gunmen- and I say MEN because there was more than one person. There was more than one gun firing. 100% more than one.
As we were running, we kept changing direction, because it felt like no matter what direction we took, we were being followed.”

BUSTED! Hillary Caught Using Hand Signals at Rigged Debate


Did A Sukkah Block Jewish Woman From Escaping Borough Park Apartment Fire?

Broken windows next to an erected sukkah on the fire escape is seen at the building where a raging fire left a woman in critical condition on Oct. 16-2017 (Eli Wohl/VINnews.com

A Brooklyn woman was one of 10 people injured in an apartment fire after her balcony exit was blocked by the sukkah erected on her balcony.
Daniella Livy Stauber , 53, the divorced mother of three adult children, remains unconscious and on a respirator at a local hospital,  the New York Daily News reported. The fire started early Monday morning in the Borough Park neighborhood.
Liby was unable to jump out a window of her second-floor apartment due to the metal bars covering them, and the sukkah blocked her escape from the balcony. She reportedly shouted for help while waiting to be rescued.
A Brooklyn woman was one of 10 people injured in an apartment fire after her balcony exit was blocked by the sukkah erected on her balcony.
Daniella Livy Stauber , 53, the divorced mother of three adult children, remains unconscious and on a respirator at a local hospital,  the New York Daily News reported. The fire started early Monday morning in the Borough Park neighborhood.
Liby was unable to jump out a window of her second-floor apartment due to the metal bars covering them, and the sukkah blocked her escape from the balcony. She reportedly shouted for help while waiting to be rescued.


GILLIBRAND TO DELIVER KEYNOTE SPEECH AT ANTI-ISRAEL EVENT


Ezra Friedlander (left) listening to anti-Israel Senator Gillbrand 
Rachel Frommer of the Washington Free Beacon reports that Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is scheduled to give the keynote address at an upcoming “social justice” conference funded by, and featuring high profile supporters of, the anti-Israel boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement (BDS). 
The conference, Frommer notes, is co-sponsored by the Open Society Foundations, founded and funded by prominent left-wing billionaire George Soros. One of that organization’s objectives is to erode Israel’s status as a democracy on the world stage, according to internal emails leaked last year.
The conference Gillibrand will kick off features a who’s-who of Israel-hating speakers. Among them are Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi, and Linda Sarsour. Regarding Garza, Frommer writes:
[She] has defended the Movement for Black Lives platform‘s inclusion of a pro-BDS policy, and both [she and Tometi] have been outspoken about their condemnation of Israel on social media.
This summer, Garza repeatedly tweeted her support for the Chicago Dyke March organizers expelling two Jewish Zionists from the event, writing, “Shoutout to @DykeMarchChi for standing up for their principals when folks tried to take it over for their own agenda.”
As for Tometi:
[She] has retweeted a link to a report claiming Israel forcibly sterilized female Ethiopian immigrants, a story that blew up on anti-Israel websites in 2013 after over 30 Ethiopian women claimed they were forced by Israeli officials to take contraceptives without their consent. An Israel governmental probe concluded in 2016 found “no evidence” of truth to these claims.
Tometi tweeted in 2012, “I can’t believe that sh*t!” in response to an Israeli flag being hung outside the New York Stock Exchange, in honor of the annual America-Israel Friendship League Israel Day at the NYSE.
We have written about the odious Sarsour here and here. Frommer notes that the fiery left-wing radical has repeatedly compared Zionists to white supremacists.
This is not a complete list of Israel-haters slated to speak at the conference Gillibrand will kick off. Frommer’s article cites several others.
Gillibrand, who is frequently mentioned as a potential Democratic candidate for national office, aligned herself with the interests of BDS on at least one previous occasion. In July, she pulled her endorsement of the bipartisan Israel Anti-Boycott Act, citing free speech concerns. This despite the fact that Gillibrand’s has taken past positions supporting restrictions on free expression.
Professor Eugene Kontorovich persuasively dismissed the notion that the legislation in question infringes on free speechs. Professor Alan Dershowitz argued that, to the extent there is such a concern, it could be assuaged simply by adding that “no provision of this law shall be construed in a manner that violates the First Amendment.”
As far as I know, Gillibrand offered no such language.
Gillibrand insisted that, despite pulling her support for the anti-BDS legislation, she “vehemently oppose[s] the BDS movement.” Her decision to deliver the keynote address at an event dominated by leading supporters of BDS casts doubt on her claim.
Is Gillibrand, who during her days in the House was considered moderate for a Democrat, trying to bolster her credibility with the increasingly powerful, if not dominant, left-wing faction of her Party? I don’t know, but it kind of looks that way.

Charedie Bochrim Attack and Spit on Brave Israeli Soldier



I will not be able to stress this enough. These disgraceful animals are not representative of the Ultra-Orthodox and Chasidic Jewish communities.
If anyone knows this BRAVE חיילת, PLEASE let her know that the orthodox Jewish people of America and Israel stand behind her!!
We know our apologies do not wipe the spittle from her face but we hope she hears and believes us when we say: Thank you for your service. Thank you for standing your ground. Thank you for protecting our land!

מי שבירך לצה”ל

We hope you can find a way to forgive our despicable “brethren”and their inexcusable actions.
I am at a loss for words.
A Thinking and Sorrowful Yid

Finally here see a video where the savage gets a "hosing"


Monday, October 16, 2017

The LIES and History Behind Yeshivah Draft Deferments That Chareidim Will Never Tell You

R' Chaim Ahron Kaufman

Enough with the "BS" "Gezeiras Ha'Gius"propaganda  .... read this interview and see my "emphasis' and "underline" in red! 



An interview with Rabbi Chaim Aharon Kaufman, Chairman of the Vaad Hayeshivos

by Yossi Goldschmiedt
The roots of Vaad Hayeshivos
Before we get into the current responsibilities and challenges of the Vaad Hayeshivos, can you please share with our readers the history of its establishment? Most of us have only heard of it recently, in connection with the draft law.

The Vaad Hayeshivos was established nearly one hundred years ago by the Chofetz Chaim and Hagaon Harav Chaim Ozer Grodzinski, zecher tzaddikim livrachah, in 5684 (1924), to help yeshivos and yeshivaleit. In those days, there was no government funding for yeshivos, and their survival was at risk. So the Vaad was established for this purpose, setting up a joint pool for amassing sums for the upkeep of yeshivos. The Chofetz Chaim initiated a set fee that all families were obligated to pay towards this fund. If not for this assistance, the yeshivos might have been forced to close, chas v’shalom.
At the time, Vaad Hayeshivos served the yeshivos in Poland and Lithuania. Obviously, with the outbreak of World War II, the activities of the Vaad ceased. Yet, it is well known that some yeshivos and many bachurim found shelter in Vilna at the beginning of the war, and were supported by the Vaad, under the leadership of Harav Chaim Ozer Grodzinski.
In Eretz Yisrael in 5701 (1941), barely a year into the war, Vaad Hayeshivos was re-established. The Gedolim in Eretz Yisrael at the time, led by the Gerrer Rebbe, the Imrei Emes; Harav Isser Zalmen Meltzer; Harav Zalman Sorotzkin; the Abir Yaakov of Husyitan; and Harav Yechiel Michel Tekachinsky, zecher tzaddikim livrachah, among others, saw the need to establish a system similar to the one in place in Europe, pre-War, in building a new vibrant center for Torah. Harav Zalmen Sorotzin, who had been an active force in the pre-War Vaad, took a leading role in its reestablishment in Eretz Yisrael, taking dozens of yeshivos under its wing at the time.
Ultimately, this was the beginning of the great olam haTorah that there is today, baruch Hashem, in Eretz Yisrael. As part of its assistance to the Torah world, the Vaad published Gemaros, Chumashim and other sefarim, which were made available to yeshivos at cost price.
The ORIGINS OF THE DRAFT DEFERMENT LAW
What was the role of the Vaad Hayeshivos in the original army service deferment?
In 5708 (1948), with the establishment of the State of Israel, the topic of army service came to the fore.
Through much siyatta diShmaya, an agreement allowing yeshivah students to be exempted from military service for as long as their sole occupation was Torah was signed into law in 1951. The new legal status was then named Toraso Umanuso.
The shtadlanus behind the scenes of this law included meetings between the government officials and Gedolei Yisrael. The chareidi askanim at the time, led by the Agudas Yisrael leader, Harav Yitzchok Meir Levin, zt”l,helped finalize the law.
At the time of the initial agreement, the Roshei Yeshivos stated clearly that the bachurim would be exempted from service for as long as they’d be learning. Not a blanket exemption, as many in the secular world believe. The Gedolim who worked this agreement out felt that this was the way to establish and build the olam haTorah.
The Vaad, which was led by the Gedolei Roshei Yeshivah of the time, was officially recognized as the authority with whom the government would deal to effect any further arrangements.
We must note that the Vaad Hayeshivos isn’t “for” or “against” the army; Vaad Hayeshivos’ raison d’etre has been, and is, to facilitate the unhindered Torah learning of anyone who wishes to do so. (Noteworthy is that Vaad Hayeshivos didn’t take a stance in the giyus banos saga, in adherence to its core mission, on behalf of yeshivos.)