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Unread 11-08-2009, 11:13 AM   #1
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"Letter of the Lubavitcher Rebbe"

I heard that there is a letter from the Lubavitcher Rebbe, (however I never saw it printed or published) where a principal asked the following.
In the 19th century and beginning of the 20th not all teenagers went and learned in a Yeshivah, [For example, Volozyn etc.. were all elitist institutions] most teenagers became apprentices. However today not only do we expect every teenager to go to a Yeshivah we also expect that every teenager should be successful in Yeshivah. If Yeshivah is meant for everyone why didn't every teenager go then? And if we see clearly that the Yeshivah is not meant for everyone why are we making ourselves crazy with impossible expectations?
(Again I heard)
The Lubavitcher Rebbe's answer was something along these lines.
Then there was a "Yiddeshe Gaas" and today there isn't. Meaning that then part of the apprenticeship was "Yiras Shomaim" resulting that the teenager was influenced by the master tradesman with "Yiras Shomaim" and this had a profound effect on the teenager his entire life.
However today the jewish community doesn't have that influence, therefore we have to put a teenager in a "yideshe Gaas" which we establish as yishevos all over the world.
Can someone be so kind to tell me where this letter is? (If it really exists?)
Does it fit with the Lubavitcher Rebbe's "hashkafa" of Jewish education?
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