I hope this message is received in the most positive manner, with only toeles intended. Especially in this time of din, I would never want to cause any pain or negative feelings towards fellow yidden. Please keep this in mind if you choose to comment on the points made in this letter.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the mosdos: the Roshei Mosdos, the Rebbeim, the Moros, the teachers, the secretaries, and various faculty members, who are the true heroes of the unfortunate times that we are living in.
There is an important matter that I would like to bring to the attention of Roshei Mosdos, but I don’t want to to sound disrespectful or ungrateful.
There is no way for our children to benefit from the hard work of the mechanchim, mechanchos and secretaries via teleconference, unless there are enough phone lines for the children to use simultaneously. It is therefore crucial that every child should have access to a phone line to enable uninterrupted learning on a daily basis.
I really don’t want to sound confrontational, but I also would like to point out a few facts:
1. B’chasdei Hashem, most mosdos have received the PP Fund, which is a generous opportunity (to the tune of hundreds of thousands, and even millions of dollars) to support their payroll. We all know that it is money that the mosdos desperately need, especially now. Still, it would be money well spent if the mosdos would utilize at most 4% of the grant to arrange distribution of subsidized cell phones for their families.
2. Parents should certainly pay tuition during this matzav. I would like to mention once again the hours and hours the administration and staff in each mosad spent preparing, revising, and teaching stimulating lessons during the hectic Erev Pesach weeks. And now again, they worked throughout Chol Hamoed, Motzaei Yom Tov, and Bein Hazmanim to provide the highest standard of chinuch despite our compromised situation. I can’t imagine that it should even be a question whether tuition should continue to be paid on time. Having said that, the utilities, maintenance, and general expenses of a typical mosad have been drastically reduced, if not eliminated at this time. The mosdos are therefore saving thousands (or tens of thousands) of dollars a month. Can we use some of that money to sponsor the phones?
3. A simple way to work out the sponsorship of the phones can be to credit each parent’s tuition bill up to $100. This can be done when they provide a receipt for a phone line/cell phone purchase.
4. It is debatable whether those families who truly cannot afford to pay tuition at this time, should be eligible for a free phone. I am just putting out that thought as something each mosad can choose to decide.
To summarize: Parents should have tremendous feelings of hakoras hatov towards their children’s mosdos. And we are asking the Roshei Mosdos to provide phone lines to enable our children to benefit from their hard work!
Best wishes for a geulah keroiva bimheira,
A Fellow Yid
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