A number of prominent askanim visited the home of HaGaon HaRav Aryeh Yehuda Leib Shteinman Shlita, armed with a ‘kol korei’ regarding vacations during bein hazmanim. They called to refrain from organized group vacations at this time, especially in areas not totally chareidi. Such vacations have a negative educational impact on family members, the askanim explain.
Rav Shteinman jumped up, the weekly BaKehilla reports, with the Gadol HaDor stating that any bachor taking vacation now, even a day or two, enhances his abilities and performance following vacation.
The Rav explained that the result of the vacation is indeed visible the entire month of Elul and after that as well, question “even this you wish to take away from them?”
The Rav did not stop here, but went on to explain that every year mashgichim approach him to cancel the summer camps. They claim the bochrim are too wild in the camp setting. The Rav is quoted as saying “I maintain that the camps must indeed be run in a proper yeshiva setting but ultimately, the rosh yeshiva benefits directly from these camps. Attending the camps is indeed suitable and beneficial. Only severe monetary limitations and a lack of abilities may exonerate a yeshiva from organizing a camp”.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)