The machlokes between factions in the Eida Chareidis has resulted in a major event, Ravaad HaGaon HaRav Moshe Sternbuch Shlita announcing he is suspending himself from his position. Two dayanim decided to follow suit, announcing they are siding with the ravaad.
The ravaad announced on Wednesday, 12 Adar I 5774 that if Eida Chareidis Gavaad HaGaon HaRav Yitzchok Tuvia Weiss Shlita attends the protest against the ongoing construction at the Beit Shemesh Golovnititz project he would step down. Rav Sternbuch released his psak a long time ago after investigating the matter in-depth; ruling that for as long as construction was taking place in adherence to his guidelines, there was no fear of compromising kevarim.
However, Asra Kadisha, which is headed by Rabbi Dovid Shmidel Shlita, never accepted this and the organization continues protests and efforts to halt the construction. The sikrikim have been enjoying the machlokes, doing their best to feed the dispute.
On Wednesday, despite Rav Sternbuch’s threat, the gavaad traveled to the protest but at the last moment, opted to remain in the vehicle and not address the tzibur.
The ravaad on Thursday 13 Adar I announced he is stepping down, resulting in harsh pashkavilim against him from sikrikim.
It appears there was a great deal of disinformation surrounding Wednesday’s protests in Beit Shemesh and Jerusalem’s Kikar Shabbos, including pashkavilim that the Toldos Aaron Rebbe Shlita and Dushinsky Rebbe Shlita said not to participate. Other pashkavilim stated that HaGaon HaRav Dovid Solovechik Shlita was going to participate, and later opted out.
Since these events, the ravaad has announced his decision and there is enormous pressure on him to reverse his decision.
Badatz members HaGaon HaRav Yaakov Mendel Yurovich Shlita and HaGaon HaRav Naftoli Hertzka Frenkel Shlita have visited the ravaad at home and informed him that are following his lead but also asked if he might reconsider towards maintaining achdus in the Eida.