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29 Adar 5766 - March 29, 2006 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Decisions Announced at Emergency Conference

by M Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

A special conference was held on Wednesday 22 Adar to express the concern of gedolei Yisroel about the ongoing efforts that are being made to influence and undermine chareidi education from many different government sources. The threat is not limited to one political party or another, but come from the entire secular establishment. Using apparently neutral arguments — such as the need for equality in the various educational streams, the need for "more professionalism," lack of funds, and many more — officials suggest or impose changes that threaten the soul of our system and the souls of our children.

Maranan Verabonon see the threat clearly and have been warning about it for years already. The gathering was called to give formal, public expression to the concerns.

1. The conference declares that chareidi education, in all of its strata, branches, levels and varieties, is cherished as the secret of the existence of faithful Judaism in Eretz Hakodesh. We have an obligation and a responsibility to preserve its full independence in all areas.

2. The conference declares that the various frameworks of chareidi education are subject to the sole authority of gedolei Yisroel shlita, the leaders of the generation. All matters related to education are to be run in strict accordance with their instructions and nobody may intervene in the education system without their approval.

3. Since the various educational frameworks for both boys and girls, as well as the curriculum and structure, were approved and supported by gedolei Yisroel over the generations, nobody is authorized to alter them and all of gedolei Yisroel, the leaders of the generation, who stand at the helm of the education systems, are explicitly granted the power to make the final decisions — and whoever makes any changes on his own will be held accountable.

4. The conference issues a heartfelt call to the heads of government in Eretz Yisroel: "Al tig'u bemeshichoi!" Allow us to educate our sons and daughters undisturbed, in the manner handed down to us from generation to generation.

5. The conference objects to the repeated attempts by various officials to intervene in chareidi education in various ways, including determining study programs and study times, accepting and rejecting students, holding teacher exams or workshops, eliminating longstanding frameworks, attempting to alter the structure of the teachers' seminary or other of the various institutions that follow their legacy, and determining the study calendar. The conference demands that they desist from these efforts and leave the chareidi educational frameworks in the hands of those placed in charge of it and authorized by gedolei Yisroel.

6. The conference calls on principals of chareidi educational institutions to unite, combining forces in this fateful campaign for our future and our children's future, and not to allow any breaches in the walls of education, and to only act in unity with the full consent of gedolei Yisroel.

7. The conference calls on the chareidi representatives in the Knesset to place the absolute independence of chareidi education at the top of the public agenda and to make it a condition for any future negotiations, demanding first and foremost, "Tein lonu es Yavneh vechachomehoh," and to guarantee — through law and through clear, viable regulations — the independence of chareidi education at all strata, branches and levels, which will also guarantee the continued existence of pure Jewish education.

8. The conference calls on whoever is in a position to act: by standing firm in defense of educational independence and by using all available means to prevent outsiders from gaining access to our hallowed education system and by removing the constant decrees which prevent the opening of Torah and educational institutions based on taharas hakodesh.

9. The conference calls for the expansion of chareidi educational frameworks for both boys and girls throughout Eretz Hakodesh, enlisting new soldiers for the legions of the King of Kings and strengthening the quality and quantity, the sanctity and purity of chareidi educational frameworks at all levels in order to increase and glorify Torah and to set forth generations of Jews ready to greet Moshiach Tzidkeinu speedily.


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