Rishon L’Tzion HaGaon HaRav Shlomo Moshe Amar Shlita is calling to put away the Schottenstein and Steinsaltz gemaras in yeshiva to permit bochrim to learn gemara the way they should.
Responding to the recent alarming events dominating the news in Eretz Yisrael, the Rav told Kol B’Rama Radio that “the education system is bankrupt”. The Rav explained that today, we all know the education system in Israel is bankrupt, lacking qualified teachers and professors. He questions why Israel leads the world in so many areas, but not so regarding education.
Stressing “the Jews are not like other people,” the Rav laments the “tragedies” in reference to the horrific news over recent days.
He expressed his disapproval of the Schottenstein and Steinsaltz gemaras, which he feels make learning too easy, depriving the bochrim of the need to invest in their learning and thereby acquiring the skills to learn gemara as they should. He explained these seforim were designed for balei batim who never had the opportunity to learn, opening the world of learning torah for them, but instead, the yeshiva bochrim are taking the easy way out and the results are unwelcome.
He rejected a situation in which bnei torah seek “easy commentaries” by learning such gemaras instead of the standard text as is traditional in a beis medrash.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)