Bayit Yehudi chairman Naftali Bennett paid a visit to two of the most
prestigious haredi yeshivas in the world on Monday, in an attempt to allay the
fears of the ultra-Orthodox community that he is working against them, as well
as to send a message that national service and Torah study can be
Bennett visited the Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem’s Mea She’arim
neighborhood and met with the leading rabbis of the institution and several
students, in order to better acquaint himself with the haredi community, the
Bayit Yehudi leader said.
Bennett also sat with the dean of the Mir
Yeshiva Rabbi Eliezer Yehudah Finkel to learn about the daily schedule of the
yeshiva students and the yeshiva more broadly, which counts more than 7,000
students learning in its study halls.
“The haredim are our brothers, not
an enemy, not an opponent and Torah study is a national interest of the State of
Israel and the entire Jewish people,” Bennett told the press outside the