Lakewood Roshei Yeshiva: “Bnei Torah Should Not Attend Washington Rally”

A letter signed by four members of the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah of Agudath Yisrael of America late Monday night implored Bnei Torah not to participate in the rally in Washington D.C. on Tuesday.

The letter was signed by BMG Roshei Yeshiva HaRav Malkiel Kotler and HaRav Yerucham Olshin, as well as HaRav Yitzchak Sorotzkin, Rosh Yeshiva Lakewood Mesivta, and HaRav Yaakov Horowitz, Rosh Yeshiva Viyalipoel.

The letter states: “Whose heart isn’t pained and broken over the plight of Acheinu Bnei Yisrael on those who were murdered Al Kiddush Hashem, and those wounded, they should be healed quickly, and on those in captivity, they should be returned quickly in good health to their families.”

“And Bnei Torah, all the more so, should be pained by the pain of Yisrael and grab hold of the ‘craft of our forefathers’ – the Kol Kol Yaakov – by increasing Kol Torah and tefillah, to increase our עסק בתורה and increase our cries and pleas to Hashem Yisbarach that He should save us from the tzarah with His great mercy.”

“However, despite the fact that all our hearts are pained and mourn the tzarah of the klal, we are conveying our opinion that no one who is ‘חרד לדבר ה’ should participate in the general rally that is being held, as its organizers and participants are not משלומי אמוני ישראל. And as is known, the opinion of our Rabbanim, z’tl whose mesorah we hold, warned us from joining with religious streams who are far from the Derech HaTorah and Mesorah. And especially after the speakers’ schedule of the rally was published, and it is known to all that the main speakers are a mixture of people whose entire essence is the opposite of Torah and yirah and tzninus, r’l. Since then, the matter is simple – we must distance ourselves from them and the masses.”

“And therefore, all who fear the word of Hashem should not participate in this rally but should act differently – לא בחיל ולא בכח כי אם ברוחי אמר ה’ צבקות – by increasing Torah and tefillah and strengthening our emunah and bitachon in Hakadosh Baruch Hu and doing teshuvah for our faults. We should fulfill עת צרה היא ליעקב וממנה יושע במהרה בימינו.”

“And we’ll use this opportunity to voice our great gratitude to the US government, the malchus of chessed, on its generous and continued support for the needs of our brothers in Eretz Yisrael.”

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  1. Blah blah blah same old same old. Just stop it already with this stupidity. Anytime an event or rally takes place it’s immediately just “no bnei Torah should go they should all sit the whole day in beis midrash”. Enough. Bring an end to this controlling empire of random people who think they’re the ones who get to decide everything for everyone. And for the general public, stop being sheep and open your eyes for gods sake. Thank you

    • I find your comment quite amusing, you sure showed quite an understanding of current events and what all the Gedolim and Rabbanim are saying.

      One piece of advice, its a much better to at least ask people that do understand and try to hear the other side before attacking. This is pretty simple and clear cut, if all the Rabbonim agree not to attend, they probably understand something that you don’t.

      Just be open minded enough to have a possibility that there might be something that you don’t understand

  2. Truly so upsetting and disgusting that these so called Gedolim have no hasaga regarding the current state of Klal Yisrael and the desperate need for our achdus. In Eretz Yisroel they get it. In America sadly we don’t.

    • Who do you think you are to call the Roshi Hayeshivas of BMG the biggest Yeshiva in America among other gedolim who you don’t even reach there toes “so called gedolim “,and they know a lot better of the needs of Klal yisreal more than you who does nothing but watch the news the whole day ,but no I know better.Do you honestly think it is Al pi hashkafos Hatorah do stand by rally with thousands of kofrim where it wasn’t mentioned once a thing about Hashem ! But besides that to go and listen to a congresswomen and a broadway actress and all kinds of secular garbage,is that the achdus you want you think that’s bringing moshiach to go against what every gadol said you shouldn’t ,like what happened with Korach why be moiser nefesh to be like korach you know what happened to him he died in hole!!!so let that sink in and think before you say such outrageous things.

  3. Achdus is a super natural weapon.
    When Achav was king, most of Klal Yisroel were doing Avoda Zara, but since they were united (zero arguments), Hashem gave them victory after victory with all their battles. Most of them were not Frum and Hashem took care of them big time because there was no Lashon HaRah amongst them-no bad mouthing-no evil speech.

  4. Horrible that you let your website be a vehicle to spew out comments against the gedolim, our leaders. Shame on you
    Ps on the other hand its clear what true daas torah would be, based on the drivel above, it’s opposite


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