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Dodging the System – Caring for Yemenite Children's Jewish Future


A fascinating letter from the one of the Heads of the Bnei Akiva Yeshiva movement, Rav Moshe Tzvi Neria zt"l to Rabbi Shlomo-Noach Kroll z"l, one of the main activists of Yad L'achim. The letter dates back to 1950 – several months after the Yad L'achim was founded. The content gives the reader a glimpse of the close relationship between them, and the joint activity to rescue the children of Yemenite immigrants.

During the first years of Yad L'achim, the "Pe'ilim" activists (as they were known then) would take Yemenite youth out of the Transit Camps, (Ma'abarot),  and surreptitiously transfer them to Yeshivot all over the country – according to the wishes of their parents, who feared for their education and the future of their religious adherence.

In this rare and precious letter, dated 07/02/1950 Rabbi Moshe Tzvi Neria  Rosh Yeshivas Bnei Akiva in "Kfar Haro'eh", writes to Rabbi Shlomo-Noach Kroll z"l, one of the pioneer activists of Yad L'achim, about the vital importance of registering several Yemenite boys who were transferred from Beit Lid Transit camp, to Yeshivas Kfar Haro'eh by the " Pe'ilim".

"We have some "illegal" students in the Yeshiva, with no identification papers at all, without ration cards, without medical insurance etc. This situation must be rectified immediately. We want full legalization. Meaning – we have to have official transfer papers from the directors of the Transit-Camp (Beit Lid, 3) to the Yeshiva. In this manner, we will be able to obtain the immigrant package which is granted to each Oleh.

"May there be peace to you and your Torah, and your sacred work"

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