HaRav Boruch Shmuel Hakohen Deutsch, chairman of Degel
Hatorah's Vaadat HaRabbonim in Jerusalem, announced the
decisions made at the emergency meeting:
"At a special emergency meeting of the directorship of Degel
Hatorah in Jerusalem, with HaRav Eliashiv's agent HaRav Yosef
Efrati in attendance to transmit Maran's daas Torah,
on Thursday, 13 Iyar, gedolei Torah and members of
Degel Hatorah's Vaadat HaRabbonim, arrived at the following
decisions following deliberation:
A. The directorship of Degel Hatorah and all participating
members, each man according to his abilities, are called upon
in accordance with a directive from HaRav Eliashiv
shlita to apply every available means to thwart plans
to set up a Reform school in Jerusalem in the framework of
the City of Jerusalem's educational system.
B. The directorship of Degel Hatorah will assist in every
area and will stand by the special Vaadat HaRabbonim
appointed to work on this issue in coordination with Maranan
Verabonon shlita, and will also stand by the chareidi
and religious City Council members who are working to defeat
this plot to bring Reform schools into Jerusalem.
C. All municipality figures involved in the issue will be
informed that chareidi Jewry views lending a hand in setting
up Reform schools within the framework of the municipal
education system as an extremely grave step equated with
lending a hand in setting up a school for heresy, mockery and
fraudulent presentation of the Torah. Such a school is worse
than secular government schools because it provides education
in a false religion.
D. Degel Hatorah representatives in the Knesset will use all
means at their disposal to assist City Council members and
all Jerusalem activists involved in this issue to prevent any
move, whether direct or indirect, that could promote the
setup of this type of school, or even to participate in any
forum that lends a hand to such a school.
E. Degel Hatorah calls for strengthened cooperation on this
issue among religious parties.