According to a Thursday report in Yediot Aharonot, Slonimer Hassidim attending an assembly at the recently reunified Beit Ya’acov school last week apologized to the Sefardi parents and said they’d had no intention of saying the latter were insufficiently observant, which they had implied during the heated affair surrounding the school that recently reached a resolution.
The resolution was accomplished by a simple face-to-face meeting between R. Ovadia Yosef and the Slonimer Rebbe. My guess is that during the meeting the Slonimer Rebbe was made fully aware of the true circumstances of the situation, including, importantly, the hurt, pain, and disgrace the non-Chassidisha-track Sefardi parents felt, many of whom are baalei-tshuva fully observant according to Sefardi halachic traditions and haskofas.
Notably, the resolution was exactly that proffered by the Sefardi side of the argument – that the students attend school without barriers for the remainder of the school year. The Slonimer Rebbe would not have accepted this resolution if he believed it would hurt the students.
Rather, I believe, his intention was to stress to his Chassidim that the mitzvah of Jewish unity (the foundation of which is compassion and empathy for our fellow) trumps minhag and idiosyncratic hashkofa. This intention of emphasis is clear in that the resolution called for the girls to be given a series of classes from Sefardic and Chassidish teachers about the mitzvah of ahavat Yisrael.
Ultimately, the Chassidim were “modeh” and apologized to the Sefardi parents. Whether they apologized because they believed they were wrong or because they wanted to make peace and stop the fight does not matter. The important thing is that they were “modeh” and stopped arguing – as explained in a previous post, this is the key to redemption.
Baruch HaShem, our Sages have sent a great message, and the students have listened. The resolution of the “Immanuel Incident” should be a great merit for the Jewish people.