HaRav Aharon Leib Shteinman issued a strong, incisive letter against introducing foreign academic subjects in the school curriculum, which was read at a meeting of the Association of Seminary Principals which took place on Chanukah Monday with the participation of seminary principals from all over the country.
The focus of the messages and their implications and applications was to preserve the spiritual character of all the Bais Yaakov institutions, including a ban on the threatening forms of education and on institutions not under the Bais Yaakov auspices, as the Rosh Yeshiva directed in his letter.
This annual full-day seminar, organized very thoroughly by the secretary of the Association, Rabbi Yitzchok Osterlitz, took place in the Simchas Olam auditorium, and was attended by dozens of seminary principals from all over the country.
A special meeting was held on the subject of the various colleges and higher academic institutions. Rabbi Yaakov Weltzer, one of the heads of the Association, spoke incisively about the threat with which we are grappling of the siphoning off to students to university-based programs offering academic degrees. He concluded his moving message by reading the decisions formulated by the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah of Agudath Israel from Iyar 5773.
The assembly carried on with a comprehensive dialogue on preserving the pure cruse of oil of the Bais Yaakov education with a resolute stand in the struggles of the pure character of our seminaries and the rights and privileges of its students.