I am unsure what to think about it, but there are some Yeshivos that have told their students that they may not go to the Siyum HaShas sponsored by the Agudah. I have a number of boys some more into learning and some less– for those that are more into learning – I can understand the bittul Torah factor that the Roshei Yeshiva are concerned about. But for some of my other boys – it would be fantastic and very inspiring.
I know that I sound like I am rambling, but my main point is to ask – since when have the yeshivos taken over the role of parents? Shouldn’t we be making the decisions for each kid – as to what’s best for each kid? Don’t get me wrong – I love our kids yeshivos and the Rebbeim there. They do a fantastic job. But aren’t the Rebbe and Rosh yeshiva our messengers to fulfill our mitzvah of veshinantan levanecha? Does it bother anyone out there that our parenting role has kind of been usurped? I strongly think that the father and mother should be deciding these things.
On the other hand – there is a lot of commercialization in this siyum.
It seems like every day I get an email or a video about how important it is to go.
I am glad that the yeshivos are immune to the constant social media pressure that the rest of us are being subjected to by Agudah – of all places.
Anyone have thoughts on this?
Confused in Lakewood.
Name withheld upon request.
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