By Rabbi Gershon Avtzon
We are approaching the 11th of Nissan, the Rebbe’s 121st birthday, and we are all thinking of what present can we – as Adas Hachassidim – give the Rebbe. Before I share what I feel would be a very important present, I would like to share a personal story that changed my perspective on how to give a present.
A couple of years ago, I looked out of my front window and saw a peculiar sight: My non-Jewish neighbor’s car was stuck in the grassy hill that is between our two houses. My neighbor was pretty frantic, so I walked out and told her that I would call AAA – as I had some extra calls on my account – and they would help her. Within the hour, her car was pulled to her driveway and she was very grateful.
The next day, she knocked on our door holding a box. She told us that out of appreciation for our help yesterday, she is giving us a very special present. After she left, I opened the box and saw about a dozen home-grown organic eggs. Our neighbors raised chickens themselves, and were all organic etc, and these eggs were very special to them. As many of these eggs have blood-spots, they were really of no use and benefit to our family.
While it is obvious that we valued their gesture of appreciation, It was then that I realized something very fundamental: Many times, when we want to give a meaningful present to someone, we evaluate “meaningful” based on what is meaningful to us, without thinking of what might really be meaningful to the person that we are giving the present to. Thus, as we are thinking about giving a present to the Rebbe, it is very important to think about what is important and precious to the Rebbe, and not just what we would like to give.
With this perspective in mind, I would like to share what I feel is a serious missing link in our Chinuch system. How is this connected to the above-mentioned discussion? As a parent and mechanech, I know that the greatest gift that someone can give me is to invest in the spiritual and physical health and growth of my children and/or students. Nothing else, no matter how personal and meaningful, even comes close. Chassidim in general, and specifically the Temimim, are all the Rebbe’s children and investing in and enabling all the Rebbe’s children to grow in their Avodas Hashem, and strengthen their Hiskashrus to the Rebbe, is the greatest gift one can give.
What specifically am I referring to? Creating a Yeshiva for truly Chassidishe boys, with no issues in Yiras Shamayim, that need a lighter schedule and lower learning level. This Yeshiva would have structure, accountability and an atmosphere of growth and chassidishkeit (and a group of Talmidei Hashluchim).
Currently, there are many Yeshivos that cater to boys that are willing, and able, to learn a full day or boys which are struggling with the entire Yeshiva system. Both of those types of Yeshivos are very important, and much needed, yet they do not provide a proper answer for the approx. 25% of boys that are in that middle category.
What are these boys currently doing? What has our global community historically done for this category of boys? Parents push to get their sons into a “mainstream” Yeshiva with the hope that the boy “is in a good environment” as the old yiddish expression goes “zei zullen zich valgerren.”
While that approach has worked for some, and some boys who invested their entire efforts into learning ended up developing their abilities, the vast majority of these boys end up going through the system and simultaneously feel an inner silent and very private depression and/or feeling that the system does not work for them. They experience, many times, the feeling of being tolerated as opposed to embraced – as they are not in a Yeshiva that caters to their success. For any Talmid to grow, they need to feel believed in and see and feel success in their learning and personal growth. Without being embraced and seeing tangible success, many fall out of Yeshiva and many experience lapses in Yiras Shamayim, and we lose these amazing children and Bochurim.
[Alternatively, parents may, by choice or desperation, place their children into Yeshivos which have lower standards of Yiras Shamayim which obviously negatively affect the Talmid.]
This is not a new issue and I am not claiming that I am “discovering America”. There are many people that have attempted to open institutions catering to this specific category of bochurim but have (almost) always ended in failure. Being a Mechanech, and after spending much time thinking and analyzing the issue – also discussing it with other mechanchim – it appears to me that there are three main reasons that these Yeshivos fail:
Ruchnius: As the people that open such Yeshivos are obviously very caring people, they are pushed – with many emotional heartbreaking stories – to also accept boys which do not fit into this specific category (frum, Chassidish just weak in learning). It ruins that atmosphere that they were looking to create. They will end up accepting boys with other challenges (spiritual,mental, emotional, and behavioral) which negatively affects the atmosphere that is a prerequisite for the success of this type of program.
Gashmius: Such a Yeshiva needs really professional Mechanchim – that embrace these talmidim and their very important shlichus – and a much greater staff/talmid ratio and the cost is exorbitant. This usually forces the Yeshiva to accept boys – which do not fit into this specific category, but – that their parents can pay and donate money. These donors may also pressure the Hanhalla to make decisions in discipline and curriculum which dilute the pure Chassidishe Hashkafa. Once again, the necessary balance and environment is ruined.
Registration: Historically many parents would be worried about their own reputation if their child is not in a full “mainstream” Yeshiva. Thus, even if it was available and knowing that it is truly in the best interest of their child, they would not register their child there. It is also the case that some talmidim are worried as to “what will my friends say” and prevent their parents from registering them in such an institution. This is besides the fact that the expense of sending a child to such a Yeshivah, is not possible for many parents
[In addition: Parents would want to wait a few years for the Yeshiva to establish itself and prove itself, but by then the Yeshiva ceases to exist.]
It has come a time that this void needs to finally be addressed and filled. I see this as one of the greatest gifts that we can give the Rebbe. I had originally thought that the best way to deal with this is by creating a dual-track in an already existing Yeshiva. That would allow the boys to benefit from the atmosphere, as well as having much less operational costs as there is already an infrastructure in place. After discussing this with many people, I was convinced that – although it may be much more expensive and difficult – it really needs to be a separate institution.
Thus, there needs to be a group of Mechanchim, with a proven record of success – whom people trust – that take it upon themselves to hire dedicated staff and create a proper curriculum for these Talmidim to be successful. They also need to create very strong guidelines for the acceptance process that will not bend to pressure of any kind. There needs to be committed and dedicated balabatim that appreciate this need and are ready to support this type of Yeshiva, so that it can remain super dedicated and focused on their unique shlichus and to the success of their talmidim.
I do not attempt to suggest that I have the answers, and I am B”H very busy with my own institution, but I would be very happy to be part of the solution. I am sure that a group of like-minded Mechanchim and Balabatim can make this a reality.
If you have comments, questions or ideas, please write in the comment section below or email me directly at [email protected]
So much backlash about chinuch
There is always much to improve
Yet where is the gratitude in the equation
Not even referring to this op ed alone. Just every op ed seems to be targeting chinuch.
Sounds like everything came easy to you and all your kids got easily accepted to all the yeshivas very nice but just know that’s not the case with everyone!
Business people understand that you have to constantly improve your product. Everyone needs to look at education with the same standards as they would their personal business or their comfort of living. Always look to make it better and not just leave it at the status quo.
Your comment is kind of ironic being that the person who wrote the article is directly involved in chinuch, and complaints are often directed at him. These doesn’t seem like someone who is just looking to kvetch, rather, someone who is already doing and looking to do more for our children.
I work in Chinuch and these are the conversations that take place in the teachers room every day. By highlighting areas of that could use improvement, and by extension implementing those improvements, mechanchim are the ones who stand to gain.
many great points were raised in this article that are well known. This style yeshiva was opened many times and did not work out as planned
He literally wrote that in the article and explained why that happened
Let the mainstream yeshivos exert effort on these precious bochurim ! Theres no kuntz in being mechanech “easy” bochurim.
It should not be separate to “protect” the existing Yeshivos, rather so that these boys feel embraced and that they are the stars of their Yeshiva.
The premise of this article assumes that somehow mainstream systems can’t deal with the weaker learners. Thats a huge mistake. When i look back at my class from 25 years ago the small learners are now the big learners and in many cases the oposite is true as well. Whats needed is a reseting of Ahavas Yisroel for the weaker boys who usually have many other talents then figuring out a big Tosfos and everything will work out just fine. In the words of the Frediker Rebbe “Chassidus was only given for aquiring good midos and sechel is only a… Read more »
Very true. Some of the most successful guys in my grade were not considered learners, and if you asked their teacher, they probably wouldn’t have high hopes for them. There was even a boy who I remember was put into a separate class for slower learners, who ended up graduating from one of the most prestigious colleges in the U.S. (MIT). Often times children who aren’t interested in learning are considered “weaker” learners, when in fact, they’re just simply uninterested. The answer isn’t to lower the standard, rather to cultivate an atmosphere of ahavas yisroel and a passion for learning,… Read more »
You are also exactly right. There are tons of kids that fit into the same profile as your friend. The way the mechanchim test is not OK, to put it mildly and they are not expert at assessing either or administering tests. Professional education is in order.
Thank you to Exactly right for writing what you did. Every single one of the “weaker boys” are going to leave yeshiva and go on to do something great. Why should they have the label of being a “weak boy” when their strengths can be used in the service of their chochma. I wish everyone would listen to you, and our hanhalos would build a system where everyone would thrive instead of creating false divisions amongst the children that ONLY bring trauma and insecurity.
There is a Yeshiva in the Poconos
chayolei beis dovid
Sounds amazing and would love for other yeshivas like that to exist in Crown Heights too!
Yiras shamayim. Do people know what that means? Do people actually know what that means? Fear of heaven. Unfortunately very few have that today. Like the expression says I could count it on my fingers but that’s about it. Bear it in mind some mechanchim dont have it at all due to mental health ongoing, so how do you expect it they should pass it to the next generation? Second point: the baal shema tov learnt by himself in the woods, the Rebbe never had a chance. What does this teach us? Sometimes bochurim need to do their own thing… Read more »
“The Rebbe never had a chaver to learn with.” He learnt by himself
So I’ve heard –
Yeshivas Dor Shvii in Hialeah, Miami
I couldn’t find this yeshiva online
There needs to be a seminary to this style too!
Isn’t that the case?
Much of this article is on point. Its primary point however – that a certain type yeshiva doesn’t exist is flawed. There are such yeshivos, one example is in Wilkes Barre. But there certainly can be more. And a fundamental missing ingredient in such a yeshiva is a curriculum, (not just gemara and chassidus, and in every subject a well-structured SMART system), which must include learning at least one language thoroughly (grammar, composition, writing, vocabulary, comprehension)- something that doesn’t exist in most chabad yeshivos. And if this writer wishes to open another yeshiva, a) he doesn’t have to negate others… Read more »
Wilks is for a very specific type of bucher what the op is saying is we need a similar thing for Chassidishe buchrim
Wilkes isn’t the answer for a bochur without issues.
Thank you for addressing this important issue. You bring up a point I have been thinking about (from experiencing the need), for a long time. Can I suggest this? As part of the curriculum change, adding some classes such as English writing, science, Jewish (and maybe world history). The point of having some secular subjects is to: A) enable the chance to stay in an environment that fosters Yiras Shamayim, even when a Bochur may want to pursue some secular studies. It shouldn’t be that he should should have to compromise the benefits of a Chasidishe Yeshiva environment to do… Read more »
Can the already established Yeshivos and High schools add a less intense program within the program. Like another track? Within mainstream there are diff stream:)
(It doesn’t need to be a completely diff program.)
the concept that bochurim who are chasidish and have yiras shamayim dont have a place in a yeshiva like the one rabbi avtzon runs is an unfortunate tragedy. to say that these bochurim need a separate yeshiva is the exact opposite of everything chabad stands for! to proudly stand up and write this op-ed speaks to a misunderstanding amonst todays mechanchim that only bochurim who have natural abilities to learn easily have a place in the current yeshiva system. to teach bochurim who can learn themselves deserves no major accolades, but if every yeshiva would commit to accepting a few… Read more »
You totally missed the point of the article. The point of such a yeshiva is solely for the student, not the yeshiva. (In fact, we hope that’s what all school ststems are for..) Most of these students are in a regular yeshiva, the issue is that they’re not maximizng their potential,l and they’re not being given the proper respect, love, care and attention. Not because of lack of care in the yeshiva rather because that’s not who those yeshivos are catering too. Thus, the article comes to explain this and offer some suggestions and ideas to our community as a… Read more »
Which is that yeshivas catering to the easiest group of bochurim to cater to is not anything to be proud of and THAT needs to change. There is no reason a yeshiva like the one Rabbi Avtzon runs in Cincinnati can’t accommodate those students. There is a lot of positive growth for everyone involved (including the actual talmidim) if there are students at various levels.
I keep constantly feeling sick having to fight for my kids to go to a normal school once they outgrow preschool! (Just because my kids need therapists) the Rebbes approach was to except everyone and I’m really upset that last year when I applied my oldest son to all the yeshivas in Crown Heights they either ghosted us or revoked his acceptance so I ended up sending him to a non lubavitch school outside of crown heights (mainstream with all therapists) and while he’s doing great there BH and we are really happy with the school I still think it’s… Read more »
I realized a long time ago that Lubavitch schools did not offer what I was looking for or what my children needed. I sent them to really good frum, non Lubavitch, schools that offered stellar Kodesh, Chol, sports and social emotional support. Boruch Hashem I am thrilled at how well they did.
You are choosing your child’s needs above everything else. That’s the hallmark of a good parent. Lubavitch will either catch up or it won’t but it won’t be on cheshbon of your child. Chazak uboruch and may you see nachas from all your children.
My passion project- so agree Rabb A.
Just need some funding and I would start
Actually in the vast majority of yeshivas of any group you will find ten per cent or so top learners. Then you will find ten to twenty per cent on the difficult level. But sixty to seventy per cent are average kids. They all need chizuk. Life is full of challenges. That’s what we are here for. Life is a test. Everyone no matter what age should spend some time learning Torah. It could be as simple as reading a biography on a great tzaddik. We need inspiration.
We need an option for bochurim to attain a high school diploma….it’s either all or nothing and leaves 1000s with dead end online sales jobs.
Its all or nothing Considering ged etc in ny. You can have one in 3-6 months! Specially jewish talented and frum kids for sure have the talent to do it with ease in even shorter period kh bh At least for the “paper diploma” Having a 2hour seminar as an example or a flash intensive program in vacation time, where they can spend the first part of the day with regular seder.. Im coming to think that this idea is by itself a “solution” to the issue the Rebbe always says about long vacations. And to the “wasting the (sometimes,… Read more »
Imagine thinking that there are Frum Lubavitcher Yeshivas that are lesser is yiras Shamayim. It’s literally a joke. Imagine trying to explain to someone who wasn’t Frum that this ultra orthodox yeshiva wasn’t that religious but a different one was. It’s disrespectful to those institutions and indeed the Rebbe.
What you mean to say this some people prefer more extreme environments than others. In the big picture, they’re all extreme. Still, in 2023, there is no Frum Lubavitcher Yeshiva for boys that has lmudai kodesh and lmudai chol like they did many years ago.
Thankfully now with the new building, the new Pittsburgh Mesivta and Yeshiva Schools will have updated modern facilities along with the regular Chasssidus, Kodesh, and General Studies/Chol classes and high school diploma.
Of course there are levels. In so many ways. The levels of the mechanchim, the expectations, how they dress. How they teach. What they teach. These all reflect the level of yiras shomayim. How can anyone say they are all the same. Of course the Rebbes takes pride in those that are doing as he instructed, more than others. Limudei chil, for one, was not something he wanted and def. Doesn’t add to ones yiras shomayim.
So yes, the more ‘extreme’ prob have more yirah.
A much simpler solution would be for existing yeshivos to embrace all the Rebbe’s children and work to inspire up, instead of disenfranchising. And yes, there is the beautiful and holy Wilkes Berry that’s there for those that need.
Unfortunately, the existing ppl in charge are not willing to progress. Therefore, you hit the nail on the head.
Please note: the author acknowledged the importance and value of places like Wilkes Barre, and also did not undermine any existing yeshiva. He is talking about an ignored demographic. Not kids who struggle with the system. Kids who are completely comfortable in the Chabad mainstream, but struggle with the long day of learning. Hours upon hours of Gemara. But if anyone tries to serve these kids in an alternate way (shorter day, general studies, some sports etc) both parents and teachers are wary to join something new, and the school can’t get off the ground. For those kids, it is… Read more »
Seems like the current yeshivos simply need to upgrade their programming. IF, and that’s a big if, a considerable amount of parents who send their children to schools, demand upgraded curriculum, then one doesn’t have to reinvent the wheel.
So what would you say might be a practical way to deal with this?
When I was in 8th Grade Oholei Torah, we had a super-Rebbi that set up a weekly private “Mitzuyanim Shiyur” (in his home after yeshiva) to cater to the select superstars in the class, to give them a deeper appreciation of the Gemara taught… AND a special twice weekly “Chaloshim Shiyur” for the struggling boys that needed an extra review of the Gemara (during a recess or lunch break)…My point: I takes one dedicared Rebbi to go the extra mile to include everyone – the “weak” talmid and the equally needy “super achieving” talmid. There were weeks that I joined… Read more »
מי הוא זה ואיזה הוא ומה שמו?
A yeshiva is like a business. It caters to a clientele.
Some open stores catering to high end products. Others open Dollar Stores.
Every Rosh Yeshiva wants to be the owner of Macy’s or Holt Renfrew.
Very few Rosh Yeshiva would want to be owners of Thrift Shops.
Even if it makes a profit, there is little glamor in it!
There is a real need for junk yards. Junk yards are viable and profitable. But no one wants to own a junk yard!!
A yeshiva like the one Rabbi Avtzon wrote about is not a dollar store, thrift shop or junk yard it’s clientele would be the bochurim who will in the future Iyh be supporting Lubavitcher organisations and Shluchim!
Oh, you mean to have a “Zevullun Yeshiva”, where they educate ba’alei aisek. Teach them business instead
Are you trying to compare some bochurim to junk?
If yes, I’ll be happy to have a chavrusah with you in Tanya and chassidus, which teaches that every single yid is a chelek eloka, and the most precious thing in hashems eyes.
If not, then I don’t ‘farshtay’ what you’re trying to say
Ya, G-d makes no junk, just junk yards. Look, everything comes from Hashem: diamonds and garbage. But Rosh Yeshivos want the diamonds and can you blame them? Garbage starts to smell.
What’s wrong with junk? Hashem created it! Embrace junk. But it ain’t diamonds. And don’t confuse the two.
There’s a popular clip on YouTube where they asked R’ Steinmetz ZTL about the issue of yeshivas not accepting bochurim. His answer was that it was due to “gaava”. At the time, I didn’t understand the correlation. But as I I get older I certainly do…. You summed it up well.
I wouldn’t call it “gaavah”. I call it “good business”.
I thought a yeshiva was a place where educators teach students Torah in order to serve HaShem
(1) jobs for hanhala (Rosh Yeshiva, his buddies and usually his family members get an income);
(2) business for the administration (usually the Rosh Yeshiva and family – own building and assets);
(3) prestige for the Rosh Yeshiva (fame, honor, importance);
(4) fills a need in the local community (to send their kids to a local place that gives tuition discounts, the out-of-towners fill the deficit with full tuition);
(5) local shaliach gets an army of bochurim to provide free labor to do mivtzoyim and pe’ulos.
Do you see anything in this list about “serving Hashem”?
Dear friends, the answer is this ^^ yeshiva.
Thank you Rabbi Avtzon for another beautiful article
This Yeshiva is for boys who cannot attend a regular Yeshiva. They are Frum and Chassidish and have wonderful teachers. Many of the Mesivta graduates this past year are attending Morristown together with the graduates from Detroit.
ואמר רב כהנא, דרש רב נתן בר מניומי משמיה דרב תנחום: מאי דכתיב (בראשית לז) “והבור רק אין בו מים”. ממשמע שנאמר והבור רק איני יודע שאין בו מים? אלא מה תלמוד לומר אין בו מים – מים אין בו, אבל נחשים ועקרבים יש בו When the pit is empty, automatically it becomes filled with snakes and scorpions. Those who are empty of learning (nigla, chassidus, sichos) are filled with “other” things – spiritual snakes and scorpions. That yeshiva was created to weed out and create a place for the boys who cannot attend the regular world-renown Mesivta Lubavitch of… Read more »
Many attend Morristown – I guess they don’t want to continue in the Yeshiva Lubavitch Toronto Zal or is it that they can’t attend the Toronto Zal???
Wasn’t that supposed to be the Monticello Yeshiva? It announced it will open last year with great staff named but then we never heard further!
This “new mesivta” was SUPPOSED to be the yeshiva described. But it never happened!
It was even supposed to have a simcha program: Irgun Torah and Yeshiva Lubavitch of Monticello have announced a new Semicha Program to open in the Catskills.
I felt pain when reading this article. why does this issue require new institutions to be opened up? Can a mainstream yeshiva not cater to students who are on different levels of learning with different intellectual capabilities? with so much learning in chavrusas, can the learning not be modified to match the level of individual students? This issue the writer described should not necessitate the level of work and manpower required to open a new institution. 25% of boys fit into this category, can learning in mainstream yeshivos not be modified for one quarter of the boys? surely that would… Read more »
This is a comment directed to the many mechanchim that will come across Rabbi Avtzon’s article, as well as anyone else who will read this who wants to get involved. LIsten: Whoever is going to follow through with this idea is doing HATZOLAS NEFOSHOS MAMOSH. And YOU KNOW IT! It’s self explanatory what kind of danger the above mentioned category of bochurim are in R”L. Ruchniusdike danger CH”V. And it’s in YOUR hands to save them. You have the OPPORTUNITY to do it! I have no doubt that you will have a lot of support and enough people coming to… Read more »
How was when the Rebbe decided that the original TT schedule of 7am-11pm (+ optional swimming time, not less important..) wasn’t going to work and therefore he changed the seder to 7am-9:30pm?? Did the Rebe gave an explanation that we have record of? If I recall correctly, until about JUST 10/13 years ago seder started 7am in all “BIG” yeshivos And then it CHANGED to 7:30. And this is in “THE” yeshivas like I said, So my point is, why is that complicated to figure out a NEW seder? The issue will be to fit it the same yeshivos, for… Read more »
Starting seder at 7 AM became a problem in locations with late sun-rises, that one cannot say Kriyas Shema before seder. Assuming one says birkas hashachar, and wears tefillin to say shema, it cannot be done when it is still dark outside (see Zmanin at chabad.org for details). That is why seder was moved to 7:30 to avoid halacha issues. The evening seder moved to 9:30 pm to allow bochurim to daven maariv properly and say kriyas shema as demanded (with a cheshbon hanefesh) – this takes time – at least an hour, while allowing the bochur to still get… Read more »
-7am: But why it was changed ONLY recently?
-9:30 did the Rebbe say this reason? Because the reason of sleep and cheshbon hanefesh clearly was suppossed to aply in original TT.
What are you talking about??? There was no “recent” change from 7 to 7:30!! I was in TTL in the 1960s (OVER FORTY YEARS AGO) and the seder started at 7:30 AM and went to 9:30 PM. That’s how it always was through the years in the USA!!! Re: 9:30 pm that’s how it always was (when I was there in the ’60s), but it could be in the USSR it went till 11 pm – maybe because bochurim were tougher there (and often older) and required less sleep than the “soft & spolied” Americaner that need 7-8 hrs of… Read more »
At least in yeshivos in israel.
7 am chassidus
EY have their own derech (example Toras Emes). No ra’ya from there!
TTL is 770.
THAT is the gold standard that others try to copy.
In 770 it’s always been 7:30 AM – 9:30 PM.
What did the Rebbe or the frierdicker Rebbe say about it?
Im surprised it is not a known thing. (Maybe precisely thats why)
The 7:30 AM – 9:30 PM seder has been going well before the early 60’s – when I attended TTL.
The yeshivos are so polarized – either they are Meshichist or totally Anti.
Why not create a NORMAL yeshiva without the brainwashing politics of the far-right or far-left???
Is believing in Moshiach she’b’dor “politics”? It is m’ikrei emunah. Moshiach is one of the Rambam’s Ikrim – just like believing in Hashem! It would not be “normal” to have a yeshiva that thinks G-dliness is optional! A yeshiva without yiddishkeit is not a yeshiva!
New Haven Mesivta is neutral; they don’t impose anything upon you. They let the Bochurim who want to say Yechi after Davening, and to sing Loy Seyvoshi, but they don’t let Degels and Yechi being written in it’s ‘full glory’ on signs and whatnot.
I am personally hurt and shocked that “Yanky’s ” comments were allowed.
How dare he get away with calling yeshivos and bochurim “junk” or “garbage”?!
Such comments are offensive and do not belong here.
There is no such thing as junk yeshivos or junk bochurim.
People like Yanky create this problem.
The only junk here is Yanky’s comments.
This attitude MUST stop!!
I enjoyed YAnky’s comments – refreshing to hear honest opinions.
The mesivta in Kingston PA ( not the same as Wilkes) run by Rabbi Shimon Hellinger, fits the description well.
The bochrim are frum and want to learn, but have an easier curriculum and schedule. For example they learn mesechtos of seder moed, which are easier and more relatable for the average person. They also learn mishna, and more practical halacha than the mainstream yeshivas. They are currently accepting applications for next year.
The Besht also saw the greatness of anoshim pshutim (the simple folk) that are frum yet are unable to learn. The greatness of their simple saying of tehilim with emunah p’shuta, that outshone the brilliant learning of talmidei chachomim.
So now we are promoting yeshivos for bochurim p’shutim, that have emunah p’shuta, and can say tehilim all day instead of learning the gemarah.
In those days a “poshete” bochur wouldn’t go to ANY yeshiva. After cheder he’d get a job and become a poshete baal habos. Is that what you aresaying? That non-learning bochurim should face reality and quit the normal “yeshiva system” and have their own “yeshiva” – a non-learning place of yiras shamayim where they can develop into health (non-resentful) anoshim peshutim?
Why just do the talk? The author knows how to run a yeshiva. Why doesn’t he change his yeshiva into the missing link yeshiva? He tells US what is needed but doesn’t just do it himself. Why?
I agree 100%. Rabbi Avtzon: “The reader of the letter should carry it out”.
1) You see the need clearly.
2) You already have the infrastructure.
3) You have a great opportunity to fill a void and literally help establish chassidishe homes that wouldn’t be there otherwise.
I’m sure you will have overwhelming support when you set yourself to accomplish this endeavor.
I, along with many others, am waiting for the day that you will announce that your yeshiva is catering for these boys.
AND WATCH MANY OTHER YESHIVOS FOLLOW SUIT!!
BIG NACHAS TO THE REBBE!!!
We are a nation of talkers. Everyone grabs a mic and has what to say. Very few are doers. Lots of us are “world renown speakers”, famous authors and writers. The doers are too busy doing – instead of talking and writing articles.