Recently, during a yeshiva off shabbos, I noticed many yeshiva bochurim coming to the 9:00 shachris at a place which is notorious for starting on time. Only, some streamed in at 915, others at 920… And some even later than that. And worse, these bochurim who came late didn’t appear to be rushed or even concerned that they were late – they mosied along, looked around to see what pals were in shul, found someplace discreet to schlep out their tefillin… The clincher was the one bochur who somehow was magically able to start davening while the tzibur was up to shemoneh esrai, and still be done before everyone else!
Of course, there were those who were early/on time, to whom a groise yaasher koach is in order. But what I don’t understand is: yeshiva bochurim have no family. They are not out making a living during the week. They don’t have a wife to make breakfast for before leaving for shul. So why can’t yeshiva bochurim be on time for shul? Is this something which is not stressed enough in yeshiva? Is davening that unimportant that the time when you roll into shul doesn’t matter? I wonder how many bochurim miss their trains or planes when returning to yeshiva. How many bochurim come late to their friends chasunas?
It is important for everyone, not only bochurim, to be on time to shul. A baal habus has certain responsibilities that a bochur does not, and therefore, cannot always make it on time. But there is no excuse for bochurim who are learning in yeshiva not to make it on time (besides for the fact that it makes a bad impression on the yeshiva, rebbeim, and roshei yeshiva).
Concerned for our Tefilla.