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The Final Resolution – Part 2

Op-Ed by Rabbi Shmully Hecht: “My son wanted out. I drove and picked him up on Sunday morning and brought him home. Interim respite but no sign of relief. We made a few more phone calls. Implored and beseeched for mercy with various Mosdos.” Full Story

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Your grandfather was rabbi jj hecht obm?
July 24, 2021 9:34 pm

Now I understand everything. Only the hechts have it in their blood to go into such situations and bring it into light. Yasher koach! May in the zechus of your grandfather who’s yartzeit is today, may this situation be cleared up speedily and the truth be revealed. Amen!

July 24, 2021 10:49 pm

Shmully, I love you and all but are you seriously suggesting that there’s no such thing as a place being full?

A school should go up to 30 out 35 kids or more in a class if there’s nowhere else for them to go?

The issue here may have been communication – that you should not have had to drive to the camp to only find out then that they weren’t taking him.

Rabbi Shmully Hecht
Reply to  Practically..
July 25, 2021 9:36 am

The crisis has nothing to do with space. It is about attitudes. I’ll get there eventually with my pen.

Absolutely spot on!
Reply to  Rabbi Shmully Hecht
July 25, 2021 4:03 pm

What nerve does this camp have to tell you to drive all the way there with your son and THEN turn you down. As if he wanted to
perform this charade in front of your face; would make him feel more authoritative.
What a disgust!

Reb Yosef Seligson
Reply to  Absolutely spot on!
August 3, 2021 9:46 pm

What a low life, if he had you come down to the camp travling a long trip,and then rejecting him from being accepted into the camp. He seems to be a heartless person. In my opinion, he could of made accomodations. He should not of stuck to his stubborn reasoning! I wish you and your son a lot of good luck, hatzlacha raba Bezrath Hashem. And as far as this camp director (or whatever he is)is going to be applied:What goes around, comes around. It will obviously come right back to him from G-D Almighty. As it says for good… Read more »

One size for all?
Reply to  Rabbi Shmully Hecht
July 25, 2021 5:55 pm

Should there but be many moisdos catering to different crowds and types? Or should every moised care to everybody? If there is a benefit in the first option then naturally there will be people that may not be a fit for every one of the moisdos and will need to be told that this school is not going to take you. If it should really be every moised for everyone, then why for example do you have oholei Torah and ULY in the same neighborhood? Why didn’t they just expand OT so that everyone could go there? It would seem… Read more »

Explain how all class accepted except few
Reply to  One size for all?
July 26, 2021 12:37 am

How to explain to your child that all his classmates are actually accepted but he is not? Why? What’s wrong with him? How do deal with a personal guilt as a parent that can’t do anything to put the child in a camp,& there is no option a,b,c in any application… each application is a fee of few hundred dollars that sometimes you simply don’t have $ to creat any possible plan B or plan C ( we are a family of few campers not just 1 child, pls, counting each application fee and doing the math – it’s few… Read more »

I saw sometingh like that in a very important moss
Reply to  Rabbi Shmully Hecht
July 25, 2021 8:41 pm

That the attitude when it comes to a dilemma of money and gashmius hanholo vs hamhala ruchni, say a case when the hanhala gashmius threaten to kick a bochur from the yeshiva because the parents delay the tuition but the hanhala ruchnis dont care that much about the bocher like the gashmius one cares, Being a CHABAD MOSSAD, it should be that the ruchnius staff should care MORE about the bochur than the gashmius cares about, but in the case i know, it wasnt nothing near that, it was much left. To add to that theres also the cold attitude… Read more »

July 24, 2021 11:14 pm

With all that time that it takes you to write this article you may as well open a camp, and do things the way they should be done.

Not to minimize the challenge that you are having but honestly get a grip

Rabbi Shmully Hecht
Reply to  Wow
July 25, 2021 9:38 am

yes a grip… I think I addresed that. you may want to read it again.

Sad to see things this way
July 24, 2021 11:30 pm

Wow Rabbi Hecht you are a great writer. I found myself both laughing and crying while reading this. It is very sad to see the state of affairs that Lubavitch has become. From my own experience I know my mother begged and pleaded to get my brothers into yeshivas, and we being the “bts” barely having a chance and assuming the “big names” have it easy. I’m sorry to see it isn’t true and more so that the wrong people are left running the show. I’m intrigued to see where this story, or rather this chain of events goes. I… Read more »

From when is that that happen in your case?
Reply to  Sad to see things this way
July 25, 2021 8:48 pm

Because theres sad news,
In Lubavitch of today there is a very big thing if you have a last name…
I personally dont know how bad is it, everyone likes to have connection, the sad disgusting part of it is when ‘they’ sugar coat it with the Rebbe/hiskashrus/hafotzas hamayonios and other real holy reason, so they can go to sleep without remorse of being this cold attitude, rude and “bribed” by a nice last name…

Rabbi Shmully Hecht
Reply to  Sad to see things this way
July 27, 2021 12:12 am

Thank you. Change is coming. We hope it will come through chesed so we can avoid a full expose…

You're kidding! Right?
July 25, 2021 12:17 am

Did you ever try to get your kid accepted to Teen Camp? THE Teen Camp? The one in Greenfield Park, NY run by The Hecht Family. I probably should stop here. My girls were accepted and had wonderful summer experiences there. BUT, what about all the parents who emailed at just the minute camp registration opened….what about all the parents of daughters who were put on wait lists… I know you’re not responsible for the action of all those with the same last name as yours, but, seriously… start changing the system with the one closest to home. I loved… Read more »

Rabbi Shmully Hecht
Reply to  You're kidding! Right?
July 27, 2021 12:12 am

Rabbi Chanoch Hecht assured me every applicant will be accepted. Please call him

There is room if…
July 25, 2021 12:41 am

There is plenty of room if you are a non religious. There is plenty of infrastructure and room in the hundreds of chabad camps throughout the country.
However for regular frum kids the system is simply overloaded.
Time to shift some resources into newer schools and camps for children from our own communities? Aren’t they important as well?

My head is spinning
July 25, 2021 4:28 am

After reading this, most of it not understood, but two points became clear 1. Shluchim build stunning chabad houses but our own mosdos are horrible. I will give you two reasons for this, 1 our mosdos are used while many grand chabad houses sit empty most of the year, & 2 too much money is ducked out of anash instead of leaving the money at home 2 you seem amazing, one of the many shluchim who should have stayed home & gone into chinuch. Too many of our good ones sit in far flung places, wasting their time hours on… Read more »

Brilliant and caring!
July 25, 2021 6:58 am

Shmully, you tell it like it is, which is in our blood to do!
Cannot figure out why you drove so far before hearing the sad turn down?!
You should become a writer of several books! I’ll always remember your great math skills at the youngest age.
Hatzlachah Rabbah.
a cousin

Rabbi Shmully Hecht
Reply to  Brilliant and caring!
July 25, 2021 10:56 pm

Hopefully we won’t need a book. Rabbi Barber will solve this in his new office at Merkoz Chinuch. He will ensure that every child is accepted in school and camp.

A good story
July 25, 2021 7:31 am

I had a friend who in Yeshivah wasn’t the caliber that [the Yeshivah in] Brunoy was looking for. So when he applied he was rejected. But the bochur was aspiring to be that type of bochur even though he wasn’t there yet. So he flew to Brunoy for the opening day. He slept (squatted, more aptly) in the Yeshivah classrooms. When he was noticed by the Rosh Yeshivah (perhaps Rabbi Nemenow? I wasn’t in that Yeshivah ever, so don’t remember who it was), the RY said that the Yeshivah was indeed full but he gave him spontaneous admission and told… Read more »

Make Yeshiva great again!
July 25, 2021 8:04 am

Paragraphs 2-5 should be sent to every Chabad Chassid!
Where are our priorities?

Some down to earth tips
July 25, 2021 9:52 am

Apply early
Expect Yeshivas and camps to have poor accommodations (although my son has a double bed in his room for guests he sleeps in a single bed because I know that if he gets used to sleeping in a bigger bed he will have a harder time accepting Yeshiva and camp style accommodations)

July 25, 2021 10:32 am

Reb Shmuly, Your writing cuts to the core of the issues we as a community need to address. The fact that Moisdos Lubavitch were hijacked by the few while the masses get bullied, needs introspection, reflection and CHANGE. Sadly, the schools in our community have become cash cows for those running them. You don’t need to look too far, in your state the Mesivta and Zal charge $20,000 USD for one school year! How are parents supposed to come up with that type of money. Now please don’t tell me that it cost that much to run a Mesivta…. because… Read more »

Chinuch = inreach.
July 25, 2021 10:55 am

A difficult story to read, yet your middle paragraph is the main point.

Let’s make supporting mosdos chinuch an exciting and exotic cause.

Teachers, principals and administrators are all hard working and under appreciated.

It’s time to make a great shift.

Hatzlacha and loads of nachas

Enough bashing
July 25, 2021 11:06 am

If you want to do something
Do it
After years of shluchim living in lala land
And focusing only on their mosdos
All of the sudden they realize they’ve been neglecting the mosdos that they need for their children’s chinuch
Modeh ani
For years shluchim have been making sure that none of their donors should chas ve Shalom be approached by any Lubavitcher mosod

When there is a will there is a way
July 25, 2021 12:55 pm

My son got rejected from camp this year due to the lack of space. I begged them to please reconsider. Sorry Sir, it’s full. No emotions. Cold like ice. My son was the only kid in his class who was left out of the program. For two months his classmates were talking about everything they were going to do together in camp. My son would listen and cry in silence. I was devastated. His Hanochas Teffilin was taking place during the summer and he was going to have to do it at home by himself. I read Shmully’s first article… Read more »

Oholie Torah
July 25, 2021 2:06 pm

B”H Oholie Torah are doing something about this issue. They have a capable board and team (people like Nosson Blumes, Yossi Langsam etc..) who have gone and purchased their own campsite so that their talmidim and their parents wont have to worry about where they are going to camp each summer.

JJ Hecht's Zechus
July 25, 2021 4:03 pm

I remember about 30years ago walking into the NCFJE office the day before camp Emunah was starting. It was packed with people signing up at the last minute. Rabbi Jj and Rebetzin Chava let people into camp regardless. No waiting lists, no payment in full required. It was a different generation.

Rabbi Shmully Hecht
Reply to  JJ Hecht's Zechus
July 25, 2021 11:00 pm

Chanoch Hecht will take every child in Emunah. Tomorrow morning .

Reply to  JJ Hecht's Zechus
July 27, 2021 1:31 pm

Yes Rabbi Jj and Mrs Chavie Hecht,
Truly remarkable Couple taking care of the Rebbe Children.

Shmuli Hecht your are tough
July 26, 2021 12:18 am

You are like the icebreaker that going through the toughest icebergs in the world coldest oceans. We will melt these icebergs, together as parents, it’s ridiculous to pay such a price for the Rebbes Chinuh… we all his children and grandchildren . Even more painful to see the kids rejected “ next time, sorry no space, sorry next time… have a wonderful summer”… no, there is no wonderful summer for anyone that has kids at home and no plans and no money to pay for out of state yeshiva or summer program and seems that no one cares. Anyone ever… Read more »