[Avodah] A Response to Rav Dessler Regarding Secular Study
larry62341 at optonline.net
Thu Jul 15 13:38:25 PDT 2021
Most of our readers are familiar with the famous comparison made by
Rav Dessler zt"l in Michtav Me-Eliyahu vol.3 pgs 355-360. Rav Dessler
pointed out that chinuch in Germany, which included secular study
according to the directives of R. Samson Raphael Hirsch, succeeded in
producing laypeople almost uniformly observant. It did not, however,
produce Torah giants. Eastern Europe, however, which allowed no
secular involvement, produced many Torah luminaries. The price it
paid, however, was the many dropouts from observance altogether.
Rav Dessler's analysis was first published in 1963. Three years
later, the journal Ha-Ma'ayan published an anonymous response. This
response is not as well known as R. Dessler's piece, and deserves
some attention and thought, whatever people decide is the proper
course for them.
The writer of this response was later revealed to be Rabbi Shimon Schwab.
See the above URL for more.
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