A Freilichen Purim!
Every year we are treated to the exciting sight of children and Yeshiva bachurim going door-to-door with their friends during Purim season to raise funds for our community’s Yeshivas. Unfortunately, some Yeshivas that collect are not providing a basic secular education, a violation of New York State law. This lack of a basic education threatens our communities with poverty and low employment prospects.
Some of these Yeshivas, of course, do an admirable job in training their students for a life of Torah and rabbinical leadership. But we must not delude ourselves: not every child will become a Rabbi and we must prepare them for life in the workforce, just as our parents and grandparents did.
Hasidic Yeshivas that don’t provide an adequate secular education do not deserve your hard-earned money. By denying children of their future parnassah, they are depriving them of the opportunity to perform the mitzvah of Tzedakah in the future.
This Purim, if you’re asked to support a yeshiva, please inquire whether the school at least offers instruction in math, science, English, and social studies. It is important we do our due diligence to ensure that all Jewish children receive an adequate education.