Monday, July 17, 2006
I was speaking to a very dear friend of mine and the conversation turned to the מנהל of his son's camp.
It seems like the man walked in on a young boy listening to an old MBD tape and wasn't happy about it. If you must know the tape was "LET MY PEOPLE GO", a tape that sent "shockwaves" through the Frum community for its content. So, instead of just confiscating the contraband tape (I'm not sure why even that was necessary) the man smashes the tape recorder and breaks the CD into pieces. ?ממש מקנא קנאת ה', נישט
We then begin to argue about the approach of this man, and what he was trying to accomplish by reacting the way he did. I said that whatever the Menahel did was totally counterproductive, because I believed that he was trying to educate the lad that listening to such music was not what was expected of him. Hence, overreacting like that and doing physical damage to this boy's property would not have taught the intended lesson. On the contrary, the boy was taught to despise authority and will probably turn against his superiors and educators in the very near future.
My friend saw it all differently; He says that the point of this Menahel, better yet his job, is to maintain order in the camp, by all means necessary. If it means destroying the character of the child, if it means that he gets totally turned off, none of that really matters, as long as order is maintained. Even he would agree that it's no way to raise a generation of children, but that's what this particular Yeshivah chooses to do. This Yeshivah has decided to make it their job to raise a generation of senseless, heartless goons, and they seem to be succeeding.
What do you think?