Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Rav Aaron Shechter shlita hands in resignation from Moetzes gedolei haTorah of Agudath Yisrael in America

Rav Aaron Shechter shlita
See update HERE and HERE.
Rav Aharon Shechter shlita Rosh yeshiva of mesivta Rabbeinu Chaim Berlin and member of the Moetzes gedolah haTorah of Agudas yisrael of America has resigned from the Moetzes. This comes on the heels of the Agudah taking a position and getting involved with the current machlokes taking place in the litvish yeshiva world in eretz Yisrael. The RY was adamant the agudah of America not get involved at all and not take any sides in the machlokes known as bnei brak and yerushalayim. Agudah has always remained neutral regarding any machlokes in eretz yisrael.
The upcoming annual Yarchei kallah in Yerushalayim of Agudas yisrael of America was a point of contention.  Last year organizers did not invite Rav Shmuel Auerbach shlita to deliver a shiur which he had been giving yearly at the Yarchei kallah. By doing so they sided in the machlokes and Rav Aharon asked that they refrain from doing so this year. Rav Malkiel Kotler questioned why Rav Asher Arieli with the largest shiur in the Mir yeshiva was also not invited back to the yarchei kallah. The Agudah leadership did not commit and on Thursday evening of last week Rav Aaron  Moshe shechter told them he resigned from the moetzes. source


  1. Superintendant ChalmersJanuary 13, 2015 at 12:51 PM

    What's your source on this?

    1. Rav Aaron said it should be on the front pages of the papers he was told they will keep the YK neutral but the schedule showed otherwise.

  2. Not true. Innacurate reporting here.

  3. Dear Chaver,

    I have been looking forward to this year’s Eretz Yisrael Yarchei Kallah for some time now. I cannot begin to express my appreciation to Agudas Yisroel of America for arranging this magnificent event. What an impact this has had on me and so many others in our growth in Torah and Yiddishkeit!

    Recently, however, a very disturbing issue has come to my attention. I would like to share it with you in the hope that perhaps together we can make a difference. In years past the Yarchei Kallah program made a point to invite or to visit the prominent Gedolim of the time. This is indeed one of the most meaningful components of the program for me. For last year’s program, however, the decision was made not to meet some Gedolim and that unfortunate decision is being continued this year as well.

    What is so painful about this is that the reason behind this lies in an ongoing machlokes in Eretz Yisrael. One of the main reasons I am proud to be a part of the Agudas Yisroel programs is their well-worn path of avoiding all kinds of machlokes in any way. This has always been the way of our Gedolim, past and present, as transmitted to us in the past by Rabbi Moshe Sherer, z”l, and continues today under the direction of the Rosh Agudas Yisroel, the Novominsker Rebbe, Shlita.

    Please join me in respectfully requesting of the organizers of this wonderful event not to repeat this decision of last year. We would like to bask in the presence of all the Gedolei Torah of Eretz Yisrael. Above all, we want no part of any action that is representative of one faction or another – something that is anathema to our special mesorah.

    And if by conducting this program in Eretz Yisrael we will be unable to avoid this disagreeable conflict, it would be better, l’maan hashalom, to move the venue to another location. Our Yarchei Kallah must not be allowed to become a vehicle to bring machlokes back to America. It would be sad to miss an opportunity to visit the Eretz HaKodesh, but it is more important to keep our own communities free of the devastating effects of this affair.



    Looking forward to hearing from you,

    Ira Moskowitz

    1. Hmmm, relocating to another venue, maybe the USA? Good idea. That would have the added benefit of allowing the YK to include us poor shnooks who don't have the deep pockets necessary to be able to take 2 wks off and jet off to Israel...