A Random Selection of Short Q & A’s [#5]

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Q:
Should I bring my fourteen year old daughter to these lectures?
A:
It depends on how intelligent she is. Sometimes the answer is definitely yes. If she’s intelligent enough, then yes.
TAPE #E-181

 

Q:
Missionaries are walking around the neighborhood, knocking on doors, peddling their narishkeit. Should I be polite to them or should I slam the door in their faces?
A:
Look, you can’t be too polite. Don’t be too polite. But don’t do anything to impugn the honor of a Jew. So be dignified and make it very short.
TAPE #R-1

 

Q:
There is a movement in the public schools to allow public prayer in the schools. Being that there are so many Jews in the public schools and that these prayers will probably have some sort of religious flavor, many are against it. What does the Rav say?
A:
I decided to not say anything about this subject and I’ll tell you why. The Agudas Yisroel has already taken a public stand that they’re against public prayer in the public schools and I don’t want to go against any Orthodox group. After all, they’re frum Jews. So I won’t say anything on this subject.
TAPE #E-23

 

Q:
Should a bochur go to Eretz Yisroel to learn?
A:
I don’t really know if it’s always justified. We have good Yeshivas here in America. And you can become a gadol bi’Yisroel in the Yeshivas here.  I’m not saying that you shouldn’t go, but I don’t think it’s a big necessity. I know talmidei chachomim who never left this country. They grew great and today they are the Roshei Yeshiva who head the biggest Yeshivas in America. And they never went to any place else except for America.
TAPE #E-180