x8Rav Shmuel Auerbach, shlita, traveled to IDF Prison 6 on Wednesday morning, 1 Teves, to give chizuk to a 19-year-old yeshiva talmid imprisoned for being AWOL from the IDF.

Moshe is a talmid in the Nachlas Asher Yeshiva in Petach Tikvah. Military police arrived at his home on Sunday, 28 Kislev, at 3:00 a.m., and arrested him for not reporting for military service. He was taken out in handcuffs and brought before a judge, who sentenced him to 14 days in jail for failing to report for duty.

The yeshiva bachur who was jailed received his draft notice before the Supreme Court had disqualified the Tal Law. He reported to an induction center and declared Torah study his full-time profession, as was done during the Tal era. Following the disqualification of the Tal Law, he received additional notices ordering him to report. He consulted with the mashgiach of the yeshiva, who instructed him not to report to an induction center, in line with the instructions from rabbanim.

The mashgiach of the yeshiva on Tuesday, 30 Kislev, visited Yerushalayim to meet with Rav Auerbach and Eida Chareidis head Rav Yitzchok Tuvia Weiss, shlita, receiving chizuk from the gedolei Torah. On Wednesday, the second day of rosh chodesh, Rav Auerbach decided after Shacharis to visit the military prison personally to give the young talmid some chizuk. Several hundred avreichim were outside the prison with signs, also sending a message of chizuk to the talmid.

Israel Radio’s Military Correspondent Carmella Menashe reported on the protest of avreichim outside the northern military prison, as they recited Tehillim and displayed signs saying, “Learn Torah and you will succeed,” “We will not be broken,” and “We will not serve.” Menashe noted that Rabbi Auerbach has instructed his followers not to report to any induction center at any time. Askanim are working to get the young man out of jail before the two-week term is completed. (TheYeshivaWorld.com) v

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