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Chofetz Chaim Appeals Against So. African “meshulochim” Ban

The Chofetz Chaim, famous Polish rabbi, has sent an appeal to a number of Jewish communities in various sections of South Africa asking them to rescind the decision which these communities recently adopted against having “meshulochim” or solicitors for European yeshivahs, visit. The Chofetz Chaim’s appeal characterizes this decision as a “gezaira” or evil decree.

Of late the South African Jewish communities have been complaining that too many “meshulochim” visit them to seek funds for yeshivahs. The communities therefore decided to allocate a certain portion of their budgets for these yeshivahs and have asked the solicitors not to come to South Africa.