Mass Bittul Torah in an Unannounced Inspection of Mir Yeshiva in
by Yechiel Sever
Thousands of Mir Yeshiva talmidim and avreichim had to leave their
learning on Wednesday during the first seder as a sudden inspection
was conducted by the Ministry of Education. The inspectors were not
fully prepared for the large amount of talmidim involved and they were
not able to finish the inspection that day.
Due to the new procedures that are being followed that are supposed to
minimize the opportunities for fraud, thousands of Mir students were
packed into the lunch room in long lines waiting to present their
documents to the inspectors. No single room is large enough for the
entire student population. The meals are served in several shifts, and
learning is conducted in many rooms, large and small, that are mostly
full to capacity or beyond.
The rosh yeshiva HaRav Nosson Tzvi Finkel shlita, who was in America
at the time on yeshiva business, followed the events with great
concern over the bittul Torah that was being caused.
Although the individual behavior of the inspectors was reasonable, the
entire affair with its poor planning and resultant bittul Torah and
demeaning procedures was very regrettable.