(VIN Podcast) — Recently, Gedolim in Israel banned a yeshiva being launched in Beit Shemesh.
In a signed letter, the Rabbanim said, in part, “…we have now heard that people are planning to establish an institution called a yeshiva gedolah which mixes the holy and the profane, Heaven forfend, in the city of Beit Shemesh. It is our duty to warn against this and to raise a huge storm to alert the Yere’ei Hashem wherever they are that they should not send their children and disciples to this place or give them any support G-d forbid.”
Rav Eliezer Steinberger is Rosh Yeshiva of Nishmas HaTorah, a Charedi yeshiva that incorporates secular studies into its curriculum. In a fascinating, compelling and informative interview, he explains why there is a huge need for this type of yeshiva, while at the same time, explaining the perspective of the Gedolim as well.
In the latest episode of the VIN Podcast, the addressed the following questions:
- Is learning secular studies ideal or only ‘b’dieved’?
- Is it strictly for parnassah or for philospohical reasons as well?
- Were the yeshivas in Europe unanimously opposed to secular studies? What was Rav Hirsch’s opinion?
- The need for parnassah for the sake of a family’s mental health and ability to properly function
- Why do American yeshivas teach secular studies?
- Did Rav Shach z”l oppose yeshivas teaching secular studies in all cases?
- His thoughts on the Gedolim’s ban of the yeshiva in Beit Shemesh
- Much more