This discussion comes up every time the South of Israel comes under rocket fire (see for example my post from 2009 Yeshivas are moving north out of danger, what about the protection of Torah learning?) Should the yeshivas move out of those areas? According to reports (See for example בהוראת הרבנים: הישיבות לצעירים נוטשות את הדרום ) both R' Shteinman and R' Chaim Kanievsky have told the yeshivas to leave the South and come to Bnei Brak.
On one hand the move is understandable, with rockets landing in Ashdod, Ofakim, Kiryat Malachi, etc.
they want to move to a safer place. However, on the other hand, this
raises some serious questions. The Charedi world justifies the draft
exemption for yeshiva students based on the following:
1. Torah learning protects everyone
2. The boys are engaged in מלחמתה של תורה
3. Talmidei Chachamim don't need protection
Based on these it would seem that the Yeshivas should stay where they
are. If the boys who are learning are engaged in war just like the
soldiers why should they abandon their posts? In addition if Torah
learning protects, let them stay where they are and be protected by