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Seminary: Worth the Hype? Worth the Money?

Machon Bina, the newest seminary in Jerusalem for English-speaking Chabad girls, is all about preparing the students for the full spectrum of life. Full Story

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What world do you live in,?
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What world do you live in,?

I beg to differ in the real world the time you show up at work is very much noted. You are not asked what you want to do rather told what needs to be done. If you don’t like the job you are free to quit. The same should hold true for seminary does not live up to your expection leave.

making better decisions
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making better decisions

I think the point is that people should make good decisions from within themselves and not only for teachers and bosses. in some cases, there may very well be some external motivation. but in much of real life, there is not. there just is the person themselves motivating or not motivating them. and that’s what a good year at a good seminary can do.

Agree
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Agree

I was not in this seminary as this opened after my times, but I agree to every word about seminary in general. I don’t like when people say that Seminary is just a hype and waste of time. Seminary is what shaped me as a person and was the basis of who I turned out to be as an adult. It’s the most important year in a girl’s life and so essential for the in-between high school-adult life. It was worth every penny my parents didn’t have and I’m forever grateful I went to Seminary! (I was in MSY btw)

Opinion
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Opinion

You don’t like when people say that seminary is just a hype and waste of time? Count yourself lucky that you had such a wonderful experience, but everyone is entitled to their opinions.
I went to seminary, thought it was a waste of a year, and wish it hadn’t been so hyped up.

All my girls went to Sem
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All my girls went to Sem

One of my DIL’s didn’t. There is no difference in their maturity level, their ability to run a functional, Chassidishe home & raise good kids. I agree, Seminary is a valuable experience, but the cost (even before clothes, travel & other expenses) is outrageous. There doesn’t seem to be any solution to this problem, but surely someone more astute than I can make sem affordable for everyone? I thought it was hard to send all my kids to camp, but this is a whole different nightmare for most parents. Peer & social pressure to be accepted is only stage 1.… Read more »

seminary
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seminary

Preparing a child for “LIFE”, should start as soon as a child is born. The girls are going to school since they’re three years old. What are they doing all that time? Especially the last four years of high school. For many girls its a $25,000.00 vacation that parents go into debt for. Its a private enterprise. Very few who run these places do it in the name of Chinuch. It should be made more affordable for those who wish to go.

not quite the whole story
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not quite the whole story

There are much better ways to make money than to run a seminary/ yeshiva. The students require full attention all the time. they have needs and complaints. there are a million details to attend to. noone chooses this if they dont truly care about the students. And crunch the numbers – honestly – noone is getting rich off of running a seminary. That said, it would be awesome for all if there was a way for post high school programs to be more affordable. all that said, it doesn’t take away from the value of a seminary growth experience. If… Read more »

reach Machon Bina
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reach Machon Bina

you can lean more about the Machon Bina program
http://bit.ly/MachonBinaCentralPage
or https://www.instagram.com/machonbina/

hummmm
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hummmm

Let me guess who wrote this article? ah! Yes! a Seminary. This is advertising plain and simple. What seminary would write that Seminary is not necessary? that it may be a waste of time and Money? and this whole “you must go to seminary if you want to find a good shidduch or to create a chassidish home” is all hype to keep the applications coming (which cost non-refundable money). What do they teach in the last year of High School? You must go to Seminary. What do they farbreng about in the last year in high school? You must… Read more »

I agree wholeheartedly
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I agree wholeheartedly

As a high school teacher for many years, I have seen a dramatic difference in my students who’ve gone on to seminary vs. those who haven’t-even if they’ve gone on Shlichus rather than straight to college. The girls who’ve invested (and whose parents have invested) in this year of immersion in Kodesh are grounded and so much more focused on what their goals should be and how to achieve them, B’Simcha. This is true even-or especially-of the “older girls” who haven’t been Zocheh to meet their Zivug yet; their Simchas HaChaim even in a trying situation is still evident. When… Read more »

Seminary
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Seminary

Seminary has minimal bearings on who you are as a person, that choice lies within the individual themselves. If someone wants to be Frum and Chassidish they will be, and if not, they won’t. Someone at this stage is mature enough to make that decision regardless of where they spent the year. Both from personal experience and friends there is only a change in those who choose to be different. Machon Bina while they may claim to prepare girls for the real world, they fail to accept those that need this the most. Seminaries, while having a rejection system due… Read more »

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