[Avodah] chochma on hold:
JRich at Segalco.com
Tue Oct 20 16:02:20 PDT 2020
From a book review:
You will not find here comparative analyses of the various approaches: "Torah Only" versus "Torah im Derech Eretz" versus "Torah Umadda." This enhances the book because those arcane discussions have always been more the province of scholars in their ivory towers than that of actual wage earners out in the workforce.
Rabbi Lopiansky instead sets out a model elegant in its simplicity: The time spent in yeshivah is a period in which a young man takes on the role of Shevet Levi-"a stratum of undiluted and uncompromised spirituality with a minimum of interaction with the material world." These years are "the stratum [that] becomes the core of our being." The subsequent years in the work world are years in which one must find his role as one of the other shevatim-"to know our mission in life and to realize it." Such missions must be solidly within the framework of osek b'yishuvo shel olam-"the constructive building and enhancement of the world."
Certainly one model-One might argue that looking ahead while one is in Yeshiva would allow a stronger foundation for the subsequent years (e.g. understanding real world trade-offs while studying theoretical paradigms, learning skills which will make one more effective in their ultimate mission, gathering lenses and facts which can force multipliers in one's learning). This differentiation has some very practical implications. (Besides the psychological considerations of possible feelings about having to leave the Yeshiva)
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