Should I discourage my son from going to Yeshiva University?
It depends. It depends where else he wants to go, what other places are under consideration. If he wants to go to a worse place, then don’t discourage him from going to Yeshiva University. But if he wants to go to the Mirrer Yeshiva then by all means you should discourage him from going to Yeshiva University. Actually, if he wants to go to Mirrer Yeshiva, then you should sell the roof from over your head in order to help your son go to that yeshiva. Because you’re doing it for yourself. The biggest nachas, the biggest success as a parent is to have a son who is a ben Torah.
So pull your sons out of the colleges; don’t have any false dreams of careers for them. Put them into places of Torah and keep them there as long as you can. And that will be your happiness and your success in life.
TAPE # 58 (March 1975)