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  7/30/2014, Av 3, 5774

Hareidi Yeshivot Cancel Summer Break Due to War


Several great Hassidic leaders have called on their yeshivot [Torah study academies] to cancel summer vacation due to the ongoing fighting in Gaza, and have ordered their followers to learn Torah during that time instead as a means of "spiritual protection" for the soldiers and residents of the South. 

The Rebbe (Grand Rabbi) of the Ger hassidic sect (also known as Gur) told his students to return home for the upcoming Tisha B'av fast only, and to return to yeshiva learning immediately thereafter to help on the "spiritual front" of the Israeli war effort. Tisha B'av traditionally marks the start of the summer vacation for yeshivas.