January 27, 2019 7:01 am at 7:01 am #1668561press87Participant
Schools have begun to give midwinter break. Do you disagree on account of bittul torah or do you agree on account of kids deserving a break after all the hard work they put in day in day out. If you agree that there should be a break how long do you think this break should be?January 27, 2019 9:04 am at 9:04 am #1668647LightbriteParticipant
Is there a difference between midwinter break and winter break?January 27, 2019 9:04 am at 9:04 am #1668655
No. When I was a kid in Yeshiva we never heard of mid-winter vacation.January 27, 2019 9:54 am at 9:54 am #1668682CTLAWYERParticipant
It is not just Yeshivos who have added breaks and cut instructional time.
When I went to college, semesters were 15 weeks plus exams.
My oldest had 14 weeks including exams
Many college semesters are now 12 weeks.
Cutting instructional time allows institutions to cut expenses while still raising tuition. Shutting down in winter also saves on heating costs.
If the cost of running the schools was not so high and income so low, we would not be seeing all these days offJanuary 27, 2019 10:42 am at 10:42 am #16687141Participant
I think maybe a fun week at school would be better. The rich kids get to go on fancy ski trips or to Florida, while less fortunate dont get to have as much fun. We have created a rich class vs poor class system in frum Judaism. It isn’t good.January 27, 2019 11:14 am at 11:14 am #1668728
Where I come from the Yeshivas prohibit the kids from going on vacation during the school year.January 27, 2019 11:14 am at 11:14 am #1668729HealthParticipant
Press87 -“Schools have begun to give midwinter break.”
I have No problem with it, as long as Summer vacation will be 3 weeks from after Tisha B’Av.
Poor Camp Owners.January 27, 2019 11:53 am at 11:53 am #1668764NOYBParticipant
Absolutely not. Kids, unlike the rest of us, can work hard for months with no break. We should just make them sit in yeshiva for 8+ hours a day, with no breaks, ever. Kids in school for hours longer than their parents jobs, with no breaks, what could possibly go wrong? There is no way this will cause any bitterness or burnout.January 27, 2019 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm #1668789chasidParticipant
The post seems to make an assumption that whatever we had back in Eastern Europe was somehow better than what we have in the USA today. I emphatically disagree.
children need a break from studying, workers need a break from working. We are not machines.
If you want to gripe about something which would be a valid argument, I would argue that adopting that European model of vacations over the summer, where schools are only closed for four weeks, would be a much better idea.January 27, 2019 1:00 pm at 1:00 pm #1668809press87Participant
i believe in vacation thats why i asked how much there should beJanuary 28, 2019 1:05 am at 1:05 am #1669111Sam KleinParticipant
They already had a long time on Chanukah vacation break just a few weeks ago and in the winter months they don’t need another long break off from school to take vacations or hang the streets etc….January 28, 2019 8:50 am at 8:50 am #1669208👑RebYidd23Participant
Sam Klein, that’s why we give the break in the winter. They won’t hang in the streets because it’s too cold.January 28, 2019 1:36 pm at 1:36 pm #1669484WinnieThePoohParticipant
Most yeshivos don’t have off on chanuka, maybe just erev shabbos or Sunday.January 28, 2019 4:46 pm at 4:46 pm #1669627👑RebYidd23Participant
Joseph, which side are you on? It’s unclear.January 28, 2019 7:04 pm at 7:04 pm #1669721anonymous JewParticipant
While we’re at it, get rid of bain hazmanim time off.
Joseph’s school was so tough they made him walk uphill both waysJanuary 28, 2019 7:04 pm at 7:04 pm #1669717
Sometimes a bit of ambiguity serves the best mark.January 28, 2019 8:40 pm at 8:40 pm #1669747zahavasdadParticipant
The Chofetz Chaim used to learn with his feet in Ice Water so he wouldnt fall asleep. We need to cut down on the amount of sleep the Bocherim getJanuary 28, 2019 9:02 pm at 9:02 pm #1669774funnyboneParticipant
I think that the rebbes, Morahs and teachers deserve the break. They come back refreshed ready to tackle a job that so many of us wouldn’t.January 28, 2019 9:03 pm at 9:03 pm #1669777GadolhadorahParticipant
Here we go again with the “bitul torah” madness. Even if the bochurim could be chained to their shtenders and shteig 24×7, their rabbonim, the guys who clean the beis medrash and the dorms, the women who prepare and serve the food in the cafteria, etc. etc. need some time off with their families.
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