Rav Avigdor Miller: Random Q&A’s

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Q:
How would a bochur today go about acquiring the amount of secular knowledge that you have?


A:
And the answer is that I don’t have much. The little bit that I have, I show off and I make a big fuss, a whole fuss about it. But I don’t have much.
TAPE # 613

Q:
Who was wiser, Avraham Avinu or Shlomo Hamelech?

A:
And the answer is, I don’t know. If I ever find out I’ll tell you. Shlomo was definitely wiser than the famous wise men that they knew in history. But Avraham Avinu was something different, I cannot tell you. Avraham was such a pioneer that I’m not able to say if he’s included in that. I just don’t know. If you find out, you’ll tell me.
TAPE # 403

Q:
How much mussar is a person supposed to learn? Since Reb Chaim Volozhiner says you need only about ten minutes, is that enough?
A:
How much sleep does a person need? Since the Gra slept only two hours a night, what, are you going to sleep only two hours a night? Everybody has to know what his kochos are. And we need a lot of mussar! Ten minutes of mussar is wonderful, but it’s not enough.
TAPE # 527

Q:
How can you prevent assimilating with goyim in public school? 

A:
And the answer is, nobody should go. Question, how can you prevent yourself from drowning in the Atlantic Ocean? And the answer is, keep your feet dry. Anybody who wants to take a dip in the Atlantic Ocean has to know that he has to be a good swimmer. And children don’t know how to swim against assimilation.
TAPE # 490