Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Rav Shteinman opposed to elitist non-Beis Yaakov schools

Rav Shteinman, upon seeing the list of students, asked why these particular young ladies were not accepted into the local Bais Yaakov.  The Avreichim quickly corrected Rav Shteinman and stated that it was not that they were not accepted.   Au contraire, these young ladies were from the finer families, a cut above the standard “Bais Yaakov” family.  The parents had willingly registered them in this elite school.

Rav Shteinman responded that, if that is the case, the plans for the school should be negated immediately.  The group attempted to explain to the Rosh Yeshiva the dire need for the new type of institution, but they were unable to budge Rav Shteinman.  They were stuck and had to scramble to register their daughters in the other Bais Yaakov institutions.

Word quickly spread throughout Yerushalayim.  There were other elite schools too, that were established for the same purpose.  Kollel Yungerleit flocked to Rav Shteinman, only to receive the same response, “There is no inyan whatsoever to be frummer than Bais Yaakov.  Anyone who registered their daughter at an elite school should negate the matter and re-register in the Bais Yaakov schools.”


  1. And this so clearly demonstrates the beautiful submission of Torah Yidden to Daas Torah.

    The Godol says no, then it is no.

  2. And so clearly shows the lack of seichel that has enveloped the world despite so called greater Torah learning and dveykus to chassidic and litvishe rebbes.

    Two clear faults:

    - it should be obvious that a society cannot go on creating frummer and frummer and more elite schools ad nauseum

    - given that error, it should be obvious that you ask before you set up such schools, not after.


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