Rav Avigdor Miller on Quitting Work to Join a Kollel

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Q:
If a man has to work at making a living, where does a Kollel life come in?

A:
I’ll answer you like this: There was once a man here in the shul who told me that he’d like to quit work and become a Kollel man. Now, I’m an old hand when it comes to these types of things, so I told him,  “What you really mean is the first half. That’s what you’d like to do.”  He wants to quit work, period.

So I said to him,  “You keep on working. Don’t quit just yet. And we’ll do it like this: Every Sunday become a Kollel man! Every Sunday morning pack a lunch and go off to the Kollel. And tell your wife that you won’t home until 7 o’clock at night.”  And I told him, “If you’ll do this faithfully every week, if every Sunday you’ll be a Kollel man, then we’ll talk about Monday too. Well, that’s all it was. It didn’t go any further than that.
TAPE # 204 (February 1978)