The State of New York has published new guidelines to ensure that nonpublic schools, including Yeshivos and Bais Yaakovs, provide an education that is “substantially equivalent” to that of the public schools. What this means is that every single Cheider, Yeshiva Ketanah, Yeshiva Gedolah and Bais Yaakov, from elementary through high school, has to meet specific government standards about what they teach and how long they teach it for. The guidelines represent an unacceptable government intrusion into the autonomy of our mosdos. It should be up to the Vaad HaChinuch of each yeshiva, or the Moreh Hora’ah for the Kehillah with which that yeshiva is affiliated, to decide what our children learn.

In recognition of the seriousness of this challenge, the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah are asking all shuls to be marbeh b’tfillah and amiras Tehillim at Minchah, this Tuesday, Asarah B’Teves.

May the zechus of the tefillas rabim help in averting this gezeirah.