The Belzer Rebbe, shlita, issued a call to convene the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah during a special visit of the seven elected MKs of United Torah Judaism to his home. They made the visit in order to receive a brachah from the Rebbe as they embark on their mission in the Knesset to face the battles expected to arise to preserve the fundamentals of Yiddishkeit.
When referring to the threat of drafting yeshivah bachurim, the Rebbe mentioned that those in government have to understand that anyone who learns Torah in yeshivah or kollel carries the heavy burden of the existence of the Jewish Nation and the security of Eretz Yisrael, because we only exist in the merit of Torah.
The Rebbe began by blessing the MKs with siyatta diShmaya for success in the future, and thanked them for their efforts in the past and the energies they invested in the elections to increase kvod Shamayim, which brought about the better-than-expected results.
The public was overjoyed at the success — bringing out almost 200,000 people to vote for the struggle to save the yeshivos and for other matters from which the public benefits, such as housing.
Agudas Yisrael has borne the banner of “v’asisa kol asher yorucha — and you should do whatever they instruct you,” the Rebbe pointed out. He acknowledged that it is not a simple task, and that it is doubtful that the UTJ MKs can help the situation, but when the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah reconvenes, the government will also know that its members are ready to go to prison for the yeshivah students.
The Rebbe emphasized that just as everyone sat together before the election, so too, for the rest of the battles, we have to work together, in unity. “And Yisrael camped opposite the mountain like one man with one heart”— that is how we merited to receive the Torah.
The faction chairman, MK Rabbi Yisrael Eichler, asked for a brachah that the unity that prevailed during the last term should continue during the coming term.
The Rebbe blessed them with achdus and added that reconvening the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah will generate a unity that will also spread to the elected representatives in the Knesset.
Regarding the draft issue, the Rebbe asked about its status. He said that with the founding of the State, there was great siyatta diShamaya that there was an agreement to defer the draft for yeshivah students.
We have siyatta diShmaya today as well, baruch Hashem, he said, and it is crucial for government ministers to grasp the connection between the security of Eretz Yisrael and the deferral of the draft for yeshivah students.