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Rabbi Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman Photo: Shuki Lerer
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Haredi rabbis order pupils to avoid south

Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman, Chaim Kanievsky, instruct Yeshiva students from south to keep away from area until current escalation is over

Kobi Nahshoni
Published: 03.12.12, 15:24 / Israel Jewish Scene

Prominent haredi rabbis, Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman and Chaim Kanievsky, have instructed their pupils living in the south, who have been away over the weekend, to not return home until the escalating situation finally calms down.


In response to the many questions they received in recent days, both rabbis reached the same conclusion on Sunday: Until the danger passes, the situation in the south falls under the Jewish principle of "life-saving," therefore they must avoid the dangerous location.  

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Many Yeshiva students opted to stay over with they relatives following these instructions.


As for Torah institutes located in-range of the ongoing rocket attacks, the rabbis ruled that each place should decide on its own whether to extend the Purim vacation until the danger passes or to renew classes.


Meanwhile, Gaza terrorists fired more than a dozen rockets at Israel's Negev communities Monday morning, as the escalation on the country's southern border entered its fourth day.


Israel Air Force jets targeted several terror cells in Gaza Strip overnight and Monday morning. The IDF said the pilots reported hitting their marks.


At least five grad rockets were fired at Beersheba since the early hours of the morning and the Iron Dome battery stationed in the area was successfully engaged several times. Nevertheless, one hit was reported on the city's outskirts. Two rockets were later fired at Ashdod. Both were intercepted by Iron Dome.


The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the morning's slavo.



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