Monday, January 21, 2013
Confusion, Not lack of interest why American yeshiva world not monitoring Israeli Elections
With the 2013 Israeli elections to take place just one day away on Jan 22 it appears many in the yeshiva and Torah communities in the US have no idea or not following what is going on. It wasn't long ago when we were saying tehillim at the siyum hashas and the Internet Asifa for the pending gezeirah on drafting yeshiva Bochurim to the army. Now,not even a kapitel tehilim, no signs or Kol Koreh from the American RY or organization calling on all to daven and support the Bnei torah in Eretz Yisroel.
Speaking to people it appears the confusion regarding the system of Government in Israel compared with the 2 party system in the US has many not understanding the political scene. What is a Mandate? who forms the coalition? how many parties? etc, these questions have many confused. Many yeshivaleit in the US associate with the Brisker hashkafa against voting in the elections.
Another factor is, the recent infighting and disagreements among the frum parties in EY has kept many away from following the elections. In spite of all this Harav Aaron leib Shteinman Shlita called on the Youngeleit and Bnei hayeshiva in Chutz laaretz to be mechazek in Torah learning as a zechus for the Olam hatorah in eretz Yisrael.
Rav Chaim Kanievsky issued a letter via his son HERE calling on all factions of torah jews to vote for Gimmel.