[Avodah] Even More on Secular Studies and Yeshiva Eduacation

Akiva Miller akivagmiller at gmail.com
Tue Jul 13 18:06:57 PDT 2021

R' Yitzchok Levine passed on a story without any attribution, which makes
it very difficult to verify. Anyway, here's part of it:

<<< ,,, a few years later they set up a network of CHADORIM called YAVNEH
with full secular program and RAV ELCHONON WASSERMAN went around collecting
money for it . They asked Rav Elchonon isn't the CHOFFETZ CHAIM against
secular learning in Yeshivos to which he replied that they saw that the
average BAL HABOS did not want to send his son to a place without secular
education so they were sending to not frum CHADORIM, so we had to change
and make a good program of secular education. >>>

If this story is true and accurate, then what I understand from it is that
Rav Elchonon Wasserman would have preferred to have no secular learning
there at all, and it was only b'dieved that they allowed the full secular

Akiva Miller
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