Despite the promise made by Rabbi Moshe Meir Gluckowsky, secretary of the administration of the central Yeshivah in 770, as we reported on Friday, Sunday evening there was still no dinner served for the 200 Bochurim.
As we have reported earlier today, Sunday morning arrived and there was no breakfast, lunch was no different, 15 representatives of the Bochurim arrived to pick up meals for their peers, as per the agreement made between Gluckowsky and the Hanhola last night – but they, too, found themselves facing a locked door, with no food waiting for them – watch the video here.
It has been publicized in the name of R’ Shlomo Zarchi that this is an explicit breach of the agreement that was reached just last night, and he puts the full blame for the situation on Rabbi Gluckowsky, accusing him of “playing games.”
Rabbi Gluckowsky has responded to ChabadInfo.com’s request for comment, as follows:
“The kitchen will be open tomorrow, Monday.
“Unfortunately, the basic lists that the Bochurim were required to submit were not sent to the Yeshiva.
The only reason that we can finally open tomorrow is because of the great efforts of Yosef Krugliak and Amos Cohen.”
However, a representative of the Bochurim has told ChabadInfo.com that a list of Bochurim was indeed given to Rabbi Gluckowsky already last Monday, and then once again at 12:30 this afternoon, well before lunch or dinner today.
Motzei Shabbos at 11:30, Rabbi Gluckowsky called one of the Bochurim to inform him that he decided he needs representatives to pick up the food for everyone else, something which makes it very difficult for everyone to actually receive food.
In addition, they say that he is not giving food for all of the Bochurim. They also say he doesn’t want to pay back for the food they had to pay for over the past week.
After receiving Rabbi Gluckowsky’s response, ChabadInfo.com reached out to Rabbi Amos Cohen, a member of the Crown Heights community, who shared “the kitchen must open! If there are problems, or anything that has to be sorted out, they have to be dealt with only after the kitchen is open.”
“This idea that they close the kitchen and don’t give Bochurim food is absurd, doesn’t matter what the reason is – you can’t starve Bochurim, no matter the reason.”
Rabbi Cohen added, “such a thing would never happen in any other place in the world, the only reason this was possible to occur is because the Bochurim became ‘Hutar Damim – permitted blood’, that is the real problem, that many in the Crown Heights community allow such a terrible thing to happen, without caring for others.”
“True Ahavas Yisroel shouldn’t change because of one person’s opinion or ideology, that is the real problem.”
This is following what we have originally reported, that Rabbi Gluckowsky decided – on his own accord – to close the kitchen. And since last Sunday morning, the Bochurim haven’t received food from the Yeshivah.
Thursday, following pressure by the Hanhalah Ruchnis and many parents of students, a rumor circled in the name of Rabbi Shlomo Zarchi that the kitchen and dining room will reopen, and any Bochur registered in the Yeshiva in 770 will continue to receive meals from the kitchen.