Although Houston has been paralyzed by Hurricane-turned-Tropical Storm Harvey – the Limud Torah of the Tinokos Shel Beis Raban has endured.
Yeshiva Torat Emet, a Torah Umesorah day school in Southwest Houston, opened its doors on Wednesday and the kol Torah fills the air in Houston once more. Online learning was available for talmidim unable to make it to class.
YTE is one of the only schools in all of Houston open this week.
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Sorry, but I’m not impressed. All learning should have been (nebach, lo aleinu) done on line. This is the equivalent of having parents carpool during a blizzard because its a Sunday. If the same blizzard was during the week, Yeshiva would have been cancelled due to East Ramapo not providing bus service. But when its only placing parents in harms way, then its “look at Tinokos Shel Bais Rabbom” learning. What would they say if Chas Vshalom someone was who knows what on the way to Yeshiva?
FYI the area with perhaps the highest concentration of Torah observant Jews was largely spared damage. While streets were flooded, water, in many cases, did not enter their houses. (Not to say the water will not, or has not, done damage to the foundations, streets, infrastructure, etc., only to say in that neighborhood there are no “blizzard”, hurricane, or dangerous conditions.) If people went back to work, why shouldn’t our malachim go back to learn. The other two large Orthodox neighborhoods were, unfortunately, once again, very effected by the rains and flooding. Our help, physically and financially, is sorely needed in all three of these communities and throughout Harris County where Houston is located.