Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Children's Torah Learning Is the Ultimate Torah Learning

Gemorahs and Medroshim are replete with quotes extolling the importance of the Torah learning of our children. One Gemorah goes so far as to say that when Mashiach comes we will not interrupt the Torah learning of Tinokos Shel Bais Rabban (children) even for the building of the Bais Hamikdash.

It has been brought to my attention that members of the Skvere Rebbe's entourage, who are coming to Lakewood NJ, requested that Chadorim allow their Rebbeim to bring the children to greet the Skvere Rebbe, DURING REGULAR CLASS TIME.

In my opinion this absolutely wrong. We are not allowed to interrupt the Children's Torah learning even for the building of the Bais Hamikdash! Where has our respect for Torah gone?
Hopefully, the Chadorim will stand for Torah-true principles, and not allow any interruption of the Torah learning.

If parents want to bring their children after school, that is totally understandable. But no school should officially sanction Bitul Torah of its students.


Leah_S said...

I have to admit, I too was prone to thinking that it's no big deal to take my son out of Cheder. Thank you for reminding me of the proper importance to Torah.

Independant Frum Thinker said...

You're welcome.

aaron said...

On the other hand, did the yeshivos take off class time for Rav Shteinman's visit?

megapixel said...

hello, if they can cancel school for 1/2 inch of snow on the ground not to mention erev erev erev yom tove and isru chag, they can certainly cancel it for this.

Independant Frum Thinker said...

Megapixel, in my opinion, they shouldn't cancel it for that either, unless it is Sakanas Nefashos.

Anonymous said...

In theory you are right, if you are saying it Lishmoh. But it just sounds like the usual Litvishe arrogance..

When a dentist comes to my son's class, and to be fair, puts on an entertaining and educational show, it is ok. Not to mention my son comes home with a whole bag of advertisements for this Dental Office.

And no one screams bittul Torah. Suddenly its a Rebbe, and its a different story..

Independant Frum Thinker said...

To be honest, if a Dentist came to my son's school, DURING LEARNING TIME, and made a presentation. No matter how good and entertaining, I would probably take my child out of the school instantly.
There is nothing, absolutely nothing, more important than Hevel Pihem Shel Tinokos Shel Bais Rabban. And if a Cheder doesn't realize that, it is completey missing the boat on Yiddishe children's Chinuch.

Anonymous said...

taking the children out to see gedolim is certainly permitted as it is for their chinuch.

megapixel said...

that's exactly my point.
they have no prob. shutting down schools for these reasons mentioned above, and that is something that BUGS ME to no end.

Dovid said...

On the other hand, did the yeshivos take off class time for Rav Shteinman's visit?

He is a gadol hador. The Rebbe is not.

The fool who writes about Litivish arrogance is best advised to learn the difference between understanding real values and "arrogance." Nothing is more arrogant than the big deal the 30 or so chassidim made of their Rebbelle coming with a thousand people just so that he should look important. You want arrogant? That's it. Rav Shteinman did not do that.