VIDEO: Rav Asher Weiss at Agudah Yarchei Kallah: Excessive alcoholic consumption in our Yeshivas a ‘Charpah and Bushah’

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  1. The Rav is 100% right. You go to a Simcha today, so the older ppl have, maybe a l’chayim or 2, & the younger bochurim are pounding shot after shot after shot. And, yes, of course he should speak about it. That’s how we raise awareness. Good morning.

  2. He’s right. But the old school mussar language will accomplish no change. Instead Help the boys with the underlying root cause for their turn to alcohol.

  3. Rabbim and Roshei Yeshivas need to know where bochrim are having their seudas when they eat out.
    Also, when people make simchas and put out bottles and bottles without any supervision you’re asking for trouble.

  4. “Why are they drinking?” is the real question. In my humble opinion the answer, which is that the Yeshivas unfortunately fall very far short in their main responsibility, that of building in the talmidim a strong identity as Bnei Avrohom, Yitzchok, ve’Yaakov, is not endorsed as a legitimate topic of worthy of public conversation. This, of course, is done in the noble pursuit of producing the greatest lamdonim and ma’amikim possible – in other words, raising “the rama” of the Yeshivos – rather than striving to produce true baalei midos, baalei hashkofoh, baalei avodah, and Yodei Shmo Yisborach. This can only happen through embracing ALL chalokim of the Torah as seriously as Gemara/lamdanus. When the woefully unprepared “Lamndon” meets the “real” world (which today invariably happens) without a rock solid Torah identity and knowledge of WHY?! the difficult struggle, well… sure as day, inner conflict is what must occur. If Chazal tell us “ain simcha kehatoras hasfeikos” then the opposite must be true: “ve’ain atzvus ke’hameusor be’sfeikos” (note the plural, “hasfeikos”, rather than “kehatoras hasafek”; in the conflict with the “real” world , there are many sfeikos…). Additionally, much of what the talmidim see and experience is a society which for the most part has been caught up in pursuit of American ideals of what happiness is, consumerism and the luxury lifestyle – which is just a bit at odds with hashkofas haTorah. So, yet another conflict/stirah…

    Hard to imagine why they wouldn’t drink…

  5. I hope the irony of the Yarchei Kallah “Opening” with a visit to a winery is not lost on anyone! For all those who are trying to figure out where all the drinking comes from….

  6. #8 – Indeed there is, on the off chance that it might trigger a conversation, and with lots of siyata dishmaya who knows, perhaps even some badly needed adjustments – NOT CHANGES CH’V!!!! – to the chinuch system…

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