By COLlive reporter
Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Zilberstrum, Rosh Yeshiva Ketana Chabad in Kiryat Gat, Israel, is speaking out against parents sending very young bochurim from Israel to spend the month of Tishrei in New York.
Rabbi Zilberstrum was responding to a question of a father asking, “My son just started Shiur Aleph in Yeshiva Ketana (Mesivta) and wants to fly to the Rebbe for Tishrei. Is it appropriate to send my 14-year-old son himself?”
Answering in this week’s edition of the Kfar Chabad Magazine, Rabbi Zilberstrum clearly stated: “In my opinion, it is irresponsible to send young boys to stay there alone a full month.”
He said that even for elder bochurim, from Shiur Aleph and up, “there’s a need for extra caution and strict supervision on what they do there,” as they spend Tishrei around 770 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights and the Rebbe’s Ohel in Queens.
He said that the Vaad Talmidei Hatmimim organization, which provides programming and accommodations for guests, “do their best to take care of the bochurim that come to the Rebbe, but it’s clear that the Vaad doesn’t have a full solution – especially for young boys.”
Rabbi Zilberstrum went on to suggest: “If it is really important to you that your son travel to the Rebbe for Tishrei and strengthen his hiskashrus, fly with him there.” Alternatively, he suggested flying in for just part of the month, such as for Sukkos or Simchas Torah.
“If even this isn’t possible, make sure to full his time during ‘bein hazmanim’ with chassidic content – farbrengens, Mivtzoim during Sukkos and assisting Shluchim,” the Rosh Yeshiva said. “For the sake of his neshama, it is forbidden to send him to a place where it isn’t clear what he will do and who he will be spending time with for a full month.”