Saturday, February 10, 2007

Hakirah articles available on the website.

“It seems there was this parush (ascetic) who decided that he
would bring his newborn son up to be a perfect tzaddik.
Thus, immediately after the child’s bris, he isolated him in a
room and allowed only his mother to care for him. No
other females were to come close to him. When the child
turned three and had his first haircut, new rules were
made. Henceforth no female, including his mother, would
be allowed to enter the child’s room. Only his father and a
rebbe would enter so as to teach him Torah. This regimen
of pure Torah learning was carried on for 15 years. Even
for his bar mitzvah, only a select group of ten men were
allowed in to see him, to hear his drashah and to wish him
mazal tov. When our young man turned 18, it became
necessary to look for a shidduch. But before this could be
done, he would go visit the rav of the town to obtain
semichah, rabbinical ordination. There was really no choice.
He had to leave his protected premises and go see the rav.
So, the father accompanied his son to the rav’s house. As
hashgachah would have it, on the way, they passed a group
of young ladies. “Tatte, father, what are those?” the young
man asked. “Katchkes [geese],” his father replied, and they
continued on their way. A few minutes later, the young
man spoke up again, “Tatte?” he asked. “Yes?” replied his
father. “Buy me a katchke,” said the son.”

This is just one of the stories in Dr. Aharon Hersh Fried’s article in the current issue of Hakirah about how to educate and prepare our children to face the outside world. The full article is now available at . You can also access the letters commenting on Dr. Sprecher’s article on Mezizah Be-Peh which appeared in the previous issue and his responses to them. Hakirah will be ready for full distribution sometimes next week.

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations. Hakirah is shaping up into a fantastic journal, each issue better the last.