especially when the parents disagree
* Should children or bochurim be taught to master the skill or art of collecting?
* Should children or bochurim be taught to utilize time that should be spent learning doing fundraising instead?
* Should a yeshiva that already employs fundraising staff do additional collecting via their talmidim?
* Were these bochurim taught how to collect properly – not to disrupt someone’s davening, not to ask for more, not be rude or greedy but only couteous?
* Were the bochurim taught that their cause is no greater than other tzedokoh causes, and that they are not entitled to anyone else’s money?
* Were the bochurim given incentives in dollar figures that makes them more pushy?
I could go on. Collecting tzedokoh is not always a bad thing. But it can be highly disruptive to others, and of questionable merit for a bochur’s schedule. The balancing of the yeshiva budget should not be placed on the shoulders of the students, ever, period. I recall yeshivos whose bochurim were told to collect for their yeshiva on Purim. Two brothers were almost expelled because they collected on Purim for a worthy tzedokoh that was not their yeshiva. Something smells bad about that. I suggest that yeshivos read through lists of questions such as those presented here, and then determine if and how to send bochurim collecting.
It’s a huge mitzvah to collect tzedaka. And yeshivos are in the business of teaching talmidim to do Mitzvos.
Every Yeshiva should be sending talmidim to engage in the tremendous mitzvah of raising tzedaka.