In a fiery speech, a respected Brooklyn Rabbi called for an all out war against yeshivos that throw talmidim out of their institutions.
Rabbi Aaron Krausz, a prominent chareidi Rov from Williamsburg, New York, and Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Shaar Hatalmid in Brooklyn, addressed the baalei batim during Shalosh Seudos in his Shul on Shabbos Parshas Lech Licha.
In an explosive speech, which was delivered in Yiddish after the z’man and was recorded, R’ Kraus screamed “Rabosai, there is a fire burning in the Jewish community! All those yeshivos who only take metzuyanim have blood on their hands! We have teens wandering the streets, thrown out because they don’t know a p’shat or a deep Rashba? Stop with the nonsense!” “oh, you wanna build “lomdim.” That’s your goal, right? Look around in shul. Show me all those lomdim you brought up with this system. Show me!!”
Rabbi Krausz continued his stern admonition, urging a financial boycott of all institutions that expel talmidim from their hallowed halls saying, “when they come for you for Tezdokah to support their yeshiva, make it clear to them. Tell them: “I will only support you if you accept everyone, if you care about ALL Talmidim.”
“The Jewish community does tremendous amounts of chesed, but the real chesed of ahavas nefesh yisroel is lacking. NO ONE is doing anything about these children. Everyone sits with closed arms and hands. Rabosai, do you know how many children and teens are in pain? The Jewish community has blood on their hands if we don’t get up and do something.” “If this continues, then Judaism is on the verge of extinction.”
“Yeshivos are not made only for metzuyanim they are made for all Yidden. We need to take to streets and scream of this terrible travesty which is only getting worse. Our hands are guilty for so many teens who are no longer Jewish. We as a community are guilty. We do not do enough.”
Without mentioning any yeshivos by name, R’ Krausz made forceful references to a yeshiva that for years has been known to only accept boys of the highest caliber. “We all know what happened there,” said R’ Krausz cryptically. Without elaborating any further, “I will tell you that they already see the fruits of their labor.”
R’ Krausz concluded by reminding those assembled of the words of “V’haarev na” said every morning in davening, beseeching Hashem to make the words of the Torah sweet in our mouths and that we, our children and ALL the children of K’lal Yisroel should be able to study the heilige Torah.
AUDIO: To hear the speech in Yiddish – click here