Maranan Verabonon Call for Greater Respect for Botei
by A. Cohen
Maranan verabonon issued a rousing call to show
greater respect for botei knesses and botei
medrash and to refrain from unnecessary speech during
The following signatures appeared on the call: HaRav Yosef
Sholom Eliashiv, HaRav Aharon Leib Steinman, HaRav Michel
Feinstein, HaRav Shmuel Halevy Wosner, HaRav Michel Yehuda
Lefkovitz, HaRav Nissim Karelitz, HaRav Chaim Kanievsky,
HaRav Shmuel Auerbach, HaRav Binyomin Zilber, HaRav Meir Tzvi
Bergman, HaRav Yehuda Shapira and HaRav Seroyoh Devlitzky.
A similar call issued in 5754 (1994) reads, "Chanoch
lana'ar al pi darko, gam ki yazkin lo yosur mimenoh. From
here we learn that in every matter, habit brings control and
one must begin from an early age. Tefilloh is one of
the three pillars on which the world stands, and to carry out
every detail of the halocho according to the rulings
of the Shulchon Oruch children must be trained from an
early age, so that they can be educated not to speak during
Kaddish and chazoras hashats, which is a terrible sin
. . . Adults have a tremendous responsibility to set an
example for young children . . . "
In last week's call the rabbonim added the words, "And now,
in a generation of yissurim as the sword hangs above
us from without, causing fear within, and every day there are
more and more widows and orphans Rachmono litzlan, we
are issuing a call to again alert people to the need to be
more vigilant in this important, sublime matter. Therefore,
we are issuing this sacred call to our esteemed brethren: Let
us awaken and gird ourselves in this matter, for our lives
depend on it and clearly each and every individual has an
obligation to gird himself. The weak must say, `I shall be
valiant,' rather than, `How can I possibly change my habits?'
for our rabbonim teach us that in every matter one must begin
with a small kabboloh that he knows he can uphold.
Therefore every individual should try to accept upon himself
a small kabboloh to bolster his respect for Mikdash
me'at, and in this merit may we be blessed from Heaven
with shefa, yeshuo verachamim, and may we be spared
from any further pillage or calamity within our borders."
Those who would like to distribute posters or make a donation
to further this important matter can call 03- 5791974.