The Gym is Only a Metaphor

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  1. Yehoshua Friedman says:

    Preferences in learning are very individual. Some people are attracted to iyun and others are tone-deaf to the whole subject. The yeshiva world prizes iyun learning, but bekius is really the prerequisite for serious iyun. At Zilberman in the Old City and its various branches and also in Mitzpeh Yericho they make sure that the boys get through Tanach before doing Mishnah and Mishnah before doing Gemara. They finish Shas Gemara before attempting iyun. They also don’t bring kids to shul before they are really davening so as to make sure that davening in shul is a serious experience. See the excellent article on Zilberman’s derech in the latest issue of the OU’s Jewish Action.

  2. Chaim Fisher says:


    Rabbi Rosenblum advises, “Instead of inundating them in praise – which they, in any event, come to distrust when it is not linked to tangible effort or achievement – we have to teach them how to set goals and work towards attaining them.”

    This is wrong. Denying our children praise, and replacing it with goal-oriented success strategies, is a recipe for disaster in chinuch. As all of my great rabbis have taught me, it is far better for a Jew to make himself small and be a quiet eved Hashem than it is for him to fulfill some success story and place himself squarely in the limelight of ‘tangible achievers.’

    The neighborhood I live in is littered with the disaster stories of children who failed to live up to their parents’ dreams. Don’t push this.

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