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Bochurim at Oholei Torah Zal were warned against attending the annual KSCVK Chinese Auction or face expulsion. Full Story

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strongly support hanholah!!!
June 30, 2010 4:14 pm

if you stupid people out there, cant use your brains, and dont respect the hanholah, then simple. In two words i can tell you: DONT GO!! – TO THAT YESHIVAH! GOT IT!?!?! its pretty sad to see how people dont respect the hanholPr

To 94
February 1, 2010 9:54 am

Do you want YOUR son/daughter in a store that is known for drug selling? Even if they are “only” buying a soda or a bag of chips? What about the danger of a deal gone bad and a shooting – won’t you be the first to scream why in heaven’s name the school allowed students to shop there??

February 1, 2010 8:48 am

maybe we should all try to learn and think what the Rebbe would want… and only after should we comment

to 91
January 31, 2010 6:07 pm

i hear what you are saying, and it makes a lot of sense, i’m just not understanding why those who just need something “Kosher” from the store will now not be able to get it, on account ot a few

the 93d comment
January 31, 2010 4:37 pm

its nice to see how many people feel how wrong it is of hanhala besides sunday morning there all going to wake up in depresion fro sitting on there bed the nught before thinking about the sushi they could of eaten. its wrong,stupid and a chutzpah!

to 91
January 31, 2010 2:25 pm

As a member of a yeshiva Hanhola I will NOT educate your child about drugs. Likewise, I follow the guidance of shulchan oruch that a place of avoda zora or znus is BANNED. No, I won’t teach your child about avoda zorah or znus. Sorry, but that’s not part of his chinuch.

to 83
January 31, 2010 11:42 am

“why educate them? simply issue a ban…”
this method of education was effective once, but no longer. todays influences are invasive and reach all of our children, no matter how hard we try to shield them. when we educate them we give them the tools to stay strong in the face of all the shtus they deal with.
the grocery is not the only place they can get drugs, and banning it is not protecting the bochurim from ever using drugs, ch”v. educating them about drug abuse is proven to be the most effective prevention.

the REAL shame of this story:
January 31, 2010 11:37 am

a yeshiva h as every right to make rules about where and what they permit their boys to attend. KSCVK fully appreciates and respects the Yeshiva’s decision. BUT- the auction committee contacted the yeshivos months ago about when and where they would be able to host the boys auction event. they also asked the yeshivos at the begining of LAST WEEK for boys to help out and were happily PROVIDED WITH VOLUNTEERS BY THE YESHIVA. If at any point over the last few months – or even week – the Yeshivos would have expressed their disaproval for their students attending… Read more »

January 31, 2010 11:11 am

just another example of yeshivos trying to control students’ lives.

So the Hanhola was worried about gambling???
January 31, 2010 11:10 am

Is that their biggest concern?? Is gambling a real problem among our bochurim and yungerleit????

To #84 - What's wrong with gambling?
January 31, 2010 10:52 am

What next – no lottery tickets? A go’ral is something the Torah speaks about!! It is pure chance – no skill!! Are you telling me that it is “bad”, c”v? Many schools have go’rals, too!

# 84
January 31, 2010 9:42 am

Everyone read # 84- he really explained it very well.

January 31, 2010 8:30 am
Chinese Auction = Gambling
January 31, 2010 8:08 am

If it is a game of chance (without skill) to win – then it is gambling. Call it what you want, but gambling is addictive and bad!

Out of Town Hanhala
January 31, 2010 5:35 am

As an outsider, let me assure your readers that Hanhalas have the best interest of the talmidim in mind whenever they issue rules or proclamations. They are in the trenches and are in the best position to know what is really going on with the bochurim. As an example, in our yeshiva we recently made a rule that bochurim cannot enter a certain retail food store near the yeshiva – or be expelled. Although parents were outraged, we had confidential information that drugs are sold in that store. We did not “explain” our reasons to the bochurim – why educate… Read more »

A happy bochur will enjoy his daily davening / learning.
January 31, 2010 3:13 am

It all depends on the personality of the bochur. If he is steeped in constant learning, then fine, he shouldn’t go to the Auction. If he’s a half learner and half chiller, let the kid go for cryin’ out loud!!!! I’ve seen the results of those half time learners being squeezed out of the yeshiva system, and believe me, you wouldn’t want to be their parents. A small turnoff leads to humongous problems at home to the point of delinquency and the local precinct.

to 65
January 30, 2010 11:32 pm

Alcohol is/was being served in main dining room..Therefore children are not allowed in.

Levi W
January 30, 2010 8:53 pm

Very Nice People 🙂
Reading some of the comments written here, (and mostly by parents I dare suggest,) leaves one with little surprise @ the level of respect that children/bochrim today exhibit for their yeshivos and hanholos.

Does anyone even know the reason behind this decision?!?!.

And even if we understood the logic behind this “decree”, cant we show a little backbone and support the decision of the people WE chose to entrust with the education of our children instead of opposing it?!

well said 52
January 30, 2010 7:07 pm

well said 52, indeed criticizing any hanhala or any teacher in front of the child is the most dammaging thing a parent can do to his child for the rest of his life. on top of it this is a big chilul HaShem. if you have another opinion go and talk about in a civilized mannre with the hanhala. do not ruin it for everyone else. the majority does stand by the hanhala.

dont hurt the tzedoko
January 30, 2010 7:07 pm

whether the hanholo are right or wrong, lets all give a little extra this year. Devorah bought food and prizes for the kids and zal and suddenly was left stranded.

January 30, 2010 7:03 pm

# 65
people were upset that kids were around when the men were drinking beer last year. this year kids are seperated from the alcohol

That's how it works.
January 30, 2010 6:07 pm

It’s the satmar way to do things, if you don’t like it, ban it.

to 22
January 30, 2010 6:06 pm

ha ha! you sound like a kid… good jjoke though!
Im also a well to do , rich father …lol

now i get it
January 30, 2010 5:01 pm

now i get why theres so many bohcurim dropping out of yeshiva !
so much pressure on them! cant do this cant do that!
as soon as they do one LITTLE thing wrong the directors jump on them and attack them!!
what is this? bochruim have to be learning the whole entire time? they cant even attend such a nice event?
lets face it,
the whole school system is seriously messed up.
the teachers dont practice what they preach, the directors are corupted, they close their eyes on those who have money and more power .
oh and yichus too.

January 30, 2010 4:08 pm

thats pathetic y???

Who Cares
January 30, 2010 4:04 pm


To #51
January 30, 2010 3:44 pm

That is a ridicilous comment and I insist u take it back! How can you say that?!

January 30, 2010 3:13 pm

if you take a look almost all of these comments are against the whole thing

this must mean something and i think we shall try to figure it out

January 30, 2010 3:10 pm

Ve Here in Los Angeles hev rules/rools.
u mast listen or petch in kop.Chazerim bums..
No Milk!
Sam K.

live broad cast
January 30, 2010 3:10 pm

wher is it being broadcasted where can you see it

January 30, 2010 3:09 pm

“due to the atmosphere of the evening girls and boys will be allowed into the main prize room but not into the dining area” what do they think? that the girls and boys will ruin the evening by being in the dining area?
I really dont understand this!!!

51 is right
January 30, 2010 2:55 pm

if u go eny motzi shabbos to flatbush resturants u will find half of ot zal thear

January 30, 2010 2:22 pm

Morristown is NO better!! By Chanukah break R’ Spalter announced anyone going Skiing will get kicked out. Skiing happens to be the most tzniyus sport!!! When yeshiva’s make stupid dumb rules it turns the bochurim off. Pick the right fights not the stupid ones and you will see success! Bochurim respect normal rules or even ones that they don’t agree with 100 percent. But ones that don’t make any sense bochurim don’t respect and lose respect for the hanhala/yeshiva when they make such rules.

Mah Inyan Shmittah?!
January 30, 2010 2:00 pm

What does this Yeshiva issue have to do with the world at large??!!

January 30, 2010 1:51 pm

This event might “pas nisht” for chasidishe bochrim but that is up to bochrim to discuss it with their mashpia! It’s not for hanholo to make such a strict ban! There are much worse things which bochrim get up to and this is a much better thing for bochrim to be doing! Why don’t they ban bochrim hanging out in manhattan? Or going out to restaurants!

Mesivta also Banned!
January 30, 2010 1:43 pm

my son just came home from night seder and was told they were not allowed to go either. It’s 8:45 on Motzei Shabbos. What would be appropriate for boys this age? Some of the other boys in his class hop on a train and go into the city. I certainly don’t want him doing that…

mohhe of zal bochur
January 30, 2010 1:32 pm

first of all why is this a public discussion? The hanhola made a decision; if you don’t agree a parent can ask for clarification not a bochur. A bochur that wants to give tzdaka can give tzdoka. They can order on line (as we see everyone has access to the internet somehow). The reason we are losing so many kids is because of parents like these who bash the hanhola publically and expect our kids to respect the hanhola. My son is not happy about this but he knows that this is the rule. Bochurim should not go to a… Read more »

Att #22
January 30, 2010 1:28 pm

To the well-tp-dp father. While you certainly have a valid point, this would be best addressed to the Hanhala themselves, for your child’s benefit, as well as for the benefit of every child who reads these comments. Whether the school is right or wrong, an attitude of “I have money and influence and therefore my child can do what he wants” is ultimately what causes the most damage. The best thing a parent can give his child is respect for others, particularly respect for those involved in his education. If you have issue with the administration, deal with them directly!… Read more »

January 30, 2010 1:14 pm


January 30, 2010 12:32 pm

This has to come from the bochur himself; it cannot be imposed from above. If it is, than it is worthless.

Another perspective
January 30, 2010 12:25 pm

I’m curious to know how it is that so many of the students in this yeshiva have access to internet, to be reading and commenting on this. I know when I was in seminary, internet was a strict no-no. (I know there are ways everywhere for them to find how to get online, as young people will do, but this is like blatant!) That said, my personal opinion and idea is that perhaps it would have been worthwhile to, instead of banning the bochurim from this event, to make an event/seder/program/shiur for the bochurim, which “happens” to take place at… Read more »

whata wrong with you people?!
January 30, 2010 12:06 pm

to number 14 through 18
your not in yisheeva so you have no say in the matter! as bocherim we are in yisheeva the WHOLE day, everyday. we have no days off and no half days. so why cant we just have a little fun once and go to a auction, yisheeva has no write to stop us from going to a kosher auction AFTER seder!

im intrigued
January 30, 2010 11:58 am

y is everyone bashing the hanholah of o.t.? im sure they have the right intentions hence there all god fearing and true chassidim in fact ask them they’ll tell u how holy they are

well said #51!!
January 30, 2010 11:36 am

i dont even know wat to say.
This is such an important tzedaka organization-how can you ban the boys from such a mitzvah…
this is the most rediculous rule ever!!!

Perhaps creating a system, an atmosphere with good rabbeim and mashgichim where the boys want to learn and then u wont have to create dumb rules like this.

to 13
January 30, 2010 11:30 am

where do you get your stats

The rebbe said to support hanholo
January 30, 2010 11:24 am

It is the job of administration to set policy of a school and that right must be supported whether we agree with it or not. This is what the Rebbe said. If you do not agree or fail to understand hanholos rules and cannot be quiet about it then do everyone a favor and take your kid out. You mess ip your own kid when you oppose the school you send hi to. The kids are not messed up by the schools rules and policies but rather by parents who criticize and bash and keep their kids in the school.… Read more »

Ex Oholei Torah-nik
January 30, 2010 8:17 am

Why would anyone wanna go to this auction at risk of expulsion, when they can go clubbing in manhattan?! It’s much more fun – granted, more expensive – but you certainly won’t risk getting expelled!

Mother of OT ZAL Bochur says
January 30, 2010 6:17 am

This is one of their most ridiculous rules. What are they thinking? What’s their reason? BUT it is an OT decision & I will tell my son to abide by it. Just because it’s insane doesn’t mean a Bochur should disregard it. The Yeshiva decides what is appropriate. Having said that, they’d better agree to my request for extra time off before Pesach. They have to be flexible as well! But I definitely agree, I wonder what Devorah will do if any of the Hanhala’s relatives need a helping hand. And yes, if it’s so inappropriate, why is it in… Read more »

A Bochur's perspective
January 30, 2010 2:50 am

I was privileged to spend a year in OT. The Yeshiva enabled me to grow in learning, chasidishkeit and as a person more than ever before. Thank G-d I decided to spend an extra (second) year in O.T. of more Torah studying and learning from the Mechanchim – personalities that impress and inspire me till today. I appreciated the discipline, constant tests and rules as they gave me support and created a positive environment. I admire the Hanholoh of OT for dedicating their lives to Chinuch. I admit I should be doing, instead of joining the comment community. Good Luck… Read more »

Have to Support Hanholo
January 29, 2010 10:48 am

While the decision by hanholo might be confusing, the bochurim have to listen to them just because they are hanholo. When people, and especially parents, get involved in disagreeing with yeshiva decisions, this sends a mixed message to the bochur and creates a disrespect toward the hanholo so that in the future, all of their decisions will be ridiculed. The decision was made, don’t argue. The bochurim have chosen to learn there and subject themselves to OT’s rules. It’s embarrassing that this is headline news

non issue
January 29, 2010 10:36 am

this is such a non-issue. it’s funny to see everyone all riled up about nothing. the yeshivah has rules, some of which many people will disagree with, but to run this into an “us against them” is a sign of a slow news day…

January 29, 2010 10:03 am

its a real good thing i dont go to that yeshiva, CUT OFF

January 29, 2010 10:01 am

what do you want of your bochurim to become?

January 29, 2010 9:33 am

Some people at the Yeshiva administration get their fix when they feel they have control
nothing good will come out if it! the more you restrict legitimate things the more the bochrim look for an outlet somewhere else!!!
go ahead restrict all you want my kids are not going to that yeshiva anyway!!!

An OT bochur to #36
January 29, 2010 9:28 am

Seder ends at 9:15pm.
Now I’m not one who usually disagrees with the decisions the Hanholo makes, in fact I think they do a pretty good job. But this I think, is going overboard. There’s no reason that I can think of, to ban us from going. Do they want bochurim to go to Manhattan instead to watch a movie cv”s?

January 29, 2010 9:21 am

We love you Hanholoh!
I thought I would go to the auction, but now that I can’t there’s nothing else to do, so I’m gonna learn now instead.
Great move!

Oholei Loi Torah
January 29, 2010 9:16 am

First They make Bachurim sign a paper that they will not go to the Rebba zy”a for shabbos. Next they ban bachurim from giving tzedaka… What is next??
Did you not learn your lesson yet???? Wake up!!!!

January 29, 2010 9:07 am

Is Charlie Buttons invited or is he also banned?

January 29, 2010 8:55 am


to 36!!!!!!!
January 29, 2010 8:49 am

7th and 8th grade dont have seder then!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

January 29, 2010 8:43 am

It seems that this program interferes with Motzei Shabbos seder.

There is no reason why any self respecting yeshiva should allow bochrim to attend events during seder.

Yeshivos are academic institutions, and OT is THE flagship Lubavitch yeshiva. If you don’t want to learn, don’t sign up for OT.

not rite!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
January 29, 2010 8:42 am

They dont either let 7th or 8th grade go??????!!!!!!!!!!!!!

to #28
January 29, 2010 8:31 am

this is a separated event, men on motzei shabbos and women sunday.

January 29, 2010 8:30 am

I know gouys in OT and they are getting more and more upset bc of stupid rules like this

January 29, 2010 8:30 am

Just one more nail in our Yeshiva coffins. And the Hanhola still don’t “GET” it. Just look down the streets. Time to move on to Yeshivas like JTVS,

Not right
January 29, 2010 8:25 am

All the boucharim are upset and one of the teachers agree with us

ben torah
January 29, 2010 8:24 am

theres nothing wrong with bochurim sitting and learning because of the attitude of ”i need a life” and ”going into the world” thats why lubavitch looks the way it does with no geshmack whatsoever in limud hatorah (besides maybe a few rear exceptions) the yeshivos have a responsibillity to show a geshmack in limud hatorah and that this is our life NOTHING ELSE

to #5
January 29, 2010 8:21 am

The Lubavitcher Rebbe politely disagrees with you.

The system
January 29, 2010 8:13 am

Unfortunately, this is why people are having a hard time finding a shidduch. They are forced to only interact with a guy or girl in a shidduch dating scene, and when it comes to something as innocent as an auction, the system right away tries to separate guys and girls from meeting each other.

Adam Curry
January 29, 2010 8:06 am

OT is a great Yeshiva and produces great bochrim – no need to bash it just because you don’t agree with their decision

January 29, 2010 8:04 am

Did ne body bother asking the hanhala the reason for the ban. before just making things up about chaining our sons up etc. I am sure they have a reaon why.

January 29, 2010 8:02 am

When does logic have to be involved in the decision making process? Anyone?

January 29, 2010 8:00 am

These Rosh Yeshivas have no idea what they are doing to the boys over there. I know boys who attend Yeshivas elsewhere (Yes I’m a rebel) and by locking those bored souls up day and night makes them want to go do wrong things. And then people wonder why half of the Religious population these days are “bumming out.” STOP BEING SO STRICT ABOUT EVERYTHING!! It is perfectly normal for the boys to go to the auction. ROSH YESHIVAS- OPEN YOUR EYES C WHAT UR DOING.

January 29, 2010 7:59 am

See that is why Bocharim should go to Yeshivos like Morristown or Montreal for Shiur Daled

January 29, 2010 7:58 am
yeshivas are nuts!
January 29, 2010 7:56 am

They lose boys to yiddishkeit cuz of stupid rules they make up.
and besides….if it were a rich person’s son that goes- like mine, i can swear they would not kick him out because of the tuition and involvement i have in the school, so just stop with this nonsense.
A well to do father.

January 29, 2010 7:56 am

Many boys come to help out at the auction. The entertainment is kosher as well. What is the hanhala thinking? One day when they may need Devorah Benjamin I hope she will remember how wonderful they were to her and return the same to them. You are not producing a Zal of major learners give them a break. Hanala should get a life and go and check out the auction before making such drastic statements.

Don't expel
January 29, 2010 7:42 am

Some bochurim from my son’s class,a number of years, ago went to black Friday sales. When the yeshiva found out, they were expelled. These men are not frum today. Yeshivas should not expel students.

January 29, 2010 7:37 am

this is crazy……i mean what is the problem if its a tzedaka organization!!!!!!

be truthful
January 29, 2010 7:31 am

if you let bochurim go to this event i will only get worse

(next it will be a all men’s exercise class, then men and women separate at the same event, then mixed that’s the way things go in this world )

it's fun to criticize from the safety of your home
January 29, 2010 7:28 am

the silent majority obviously believes that the yeshiva is doing the right thing.

support your hanholoh, or disagree with them privately – but this silliness with arguing every time you hear anything from hanholoh, is only gonna hurt your kids, our kids

Ok what's the problem?
January 29, 2010 7:20 am

If this Yeshiva has its rules, then so be it. The boys will grow up more G-d fearing, more tmimiyisdik etc… Kol Hakovod!!!! If they were attending Russian yeshivas, they’d be lucky to shop for bubble gum at the corner store.

were is this world coming to??
January 29, 2010 7:15 am

who are you to even voice your opinion . if the hanhala thinks they shuold not go who are you to have a say.
maybe there is a reason that hashem put them in the position and not YOU.

a good bochur understands
January 29, 2010 7:14 am

yeshiva is a time to be above reality and totally immersed in learning, this helps him later when he is forced to get involved with the real world to remain a chssidisher yungerman

Ch mother
January 29, 2010 7:09 am

and then you wonder why oholei torah boys have less then 50% sucess rate

January 29, 2010 7:09 am

How ridiculous can you get? One of the finest (if not the #1) tzedokah organization in CH. A totally “kosher” event for a worthy cause. Why shouldn’t the bochurim be allowed to go after seder? If they have problems with the event, why are they allowing it in OT at all?

Devora Freundlich-absurd!
January 29, 2010 7:03 am

I agree that Yeshiva bochurim should have a limit to a certain extent such as cigarettes,non kosher music, supervision…but this is to much!You cannot put the fact that u r not allowing young guys to go to a program under, ‘halacha’! that is not halacha that is just plain pathetic

What's the point
January 29, 2010 7:02 am

Just another restriction?

No surprise
January 29, 2010 6:52 am

I am not shocked by the notice, since it fits the bullying mentality of many individuals who work in the yeshiva system.
Unfortunately, yeshiva students are not treated appropriately and the hanhala is more interested in control than they are in actually providing a quality education.

January 29, 2010 6:48 am

Great way to keep the bochurim motivated!

inspire instead of expire
January 29, 2010 6:48 am

Give those boys some inspiration to go further as chassidim, but this is ridiculous and destroys them

January 29, 2010 6:31 am

a voice of leadership

The mentality of Regimentation
January 29, 2010 6:28 am

Why can’t our young men “have lives”?

Should they be tought how to be chassidim in “real life” not just sitting in Yeshiva learning all day for 10 years then go out in to the world of reality to not be able to keep it up.

Instead they’re Yeshiva lives should be somewhat similat to their real lives after that

January 29, 2010 6:17 am


are you serious???
January 29, 2010 6:15 am

this is wierd

shloime freundlich
January 29, 2010 6:14 am

total B S Strict adherence to Halacha ,what has Halacha to do with a bunch of men freesing meat ,it is all about control by the Yeshiva,

This is the most ridiculous thing i have ever heard
January 29, 2010 6:05 am

Why shouldnt they attend? they have to be glued to a sefer every second of the day? this is a beautiful event, a positive kosher atmosphere, plus its for tzedakah. What more do you want???