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The Broken Bridge of Chelm

Instead of Building Hospitals Let’s Fix the Bridges

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Rabbi YY Jacobson gave the keynote address at the Melaveh Malka Dinner for Yeshiva Darchei Aliya. The Melaveh Malka was led by the Principal of the school, Rabbi Sheftel Skaist, on Motzei Shabbos Parshas Mishpatim, 27 Shevat, 5780, February 22, 2020, in Flatbush, NY.


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    Rabbi S -4 years ago


    I wanted to share a recent story I heard of toxicity in chinuch: 
    A  Rebbe in a well-known mainstream mesivta gave a mussar shmooze to his boys in which he shared his opinion about the recent Siyum HaShas. 
    "Why are we being מחשב people who only learn for an hour a day and may not even know what they are learning!?! It's bitul Torah to go to such an event. The event itself was the biggest חילול השם!"
    (His intention was no-doubt to emphasize the חשיבות of three סדרים of learning a day in Mesivta. But that could have been emphasized without being מבטל everyone else outside the ד' כוסלי הישיבה. )
    One boy in his שיעור had gone earlier that week to the Siyum Hashas with his father. He listened, learned, danced, and was inspired. 
    Now, he cannot be מקבל anything from his rebbe. He is so turned off that he is looking for another mesivta. 
    Upon hearing this story from the father, I made a simple mathematical חשבון. 
    If 100,000 yidden worldwide spent only 1 hour a day learning during this daf yomi cycle, it would equal 271,100,000 hours of learning!
    That would mean that this mesivta "rebbe" would need to learn 24/7 for almost 31,000 years to accomplish the learning that he is being מבטל. 

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Keynote at Dinner of Yeshiva Darchei Aliya

Rabbi YY Jacobson

  • February 22, 2020
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  • 27 Sh'vat 5780
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