May Israeli citizens flee war zones?

15.12.2012                      02.Tewet. 5773                      Channuka 7; Mikez

Frag den Rabbi:

May Israeli citizens flee war zones?

Spiritual leaders have a responsibility to both strengthen the faith of their followers and provide solace.

May Israeli citizens flee war zones? During the recent Operation Pillar of Defense, ultra-Orthodox yeshiva students in the South were ordered by the Belzer Rebbe Yissachar Dov Rokeach, Rabbi Aharon Leib Steinman, and other haredi decisors to flee northward toward cities such as Bnei Brak. By and large, their religious-Zionist counterparts in hesder yeshivot remained in cities like Sderot or Netivot, unless they were called up for active military duty. Now, in thankfully calmer times, it behooves us to contemplate the appropriateness of each response, as well as pray that this remains a theoretical discussion….