By COLlive reporter
A group of bochurim who identified as students of Yeshivas Ner Yisroel in Baltimore visited the home of Rabbi Shmuel Kaplan, Director of Chabad-Lubavitch of Maryland, on Thursday.
Answering the door was his wife Mrs. Rochelle Kaplan. The bochurim asked to speak to Rabbi Kaplan, and when they were told that he was not home, they left a letter.
The letter discussed their remorse over the display at Ner Yisroel’s Mechina high school created by fellow students in honor of Purim. It caused widespread uproar over its mockery of Chabad’s customs and even the Rebbe himself.
The school’s principal Rabbi Simcha Cook told COLlive.com the exhibit was taken down. However, he did not apologize for its content, saying, “It was a stupid little thing” created by “kids in school who put on Purim shtick.”
In the letter, the bochurim reveal that a teacher in their school rebuked students over creating the display, causing discord among Jewish people at a time when there is increased unity among many frum communities.
Here’s their full letter as sent to COLlive.com:
“As bochurim from Ner Yisroel, we want to express our desire for the achdus of klal yisroel.
“Like all matters of קדושה, there’s always the danger of stumbling into the זה לעומת זה of the סטרא אחרא.
“We were so sorry to see the כח of שמחה mischanneled in a רוח שטות into disgusting ליצנות.
“We and others in yeshiva were not happy about the “Purim shtick” that was done.
“This past Shabbos, one of our Rebbeim spoke at the meal Friday night about this ביזיון is the opposite of what Purim is about.
“May we once again be to the נקהלו היהודים בימים ההם בזמן הזה!”