Rabbi Pruzansky’s Position on School Expulsions Has Rabbinic Precedent

Rabbi Pruzansky’s position in detailing the issues in our yeshivot (“Changing My Mind on School Expulsions,” January 11, 2018) has been around for generations. Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, zt”l, was asked when a child can be expelled from his institution and his reply was, “Only when he can be judged as a meisis u’meidiach (one who tries to lead Jews to worship idols).”

The Chazon Ish, zt”l, when asked the same question, replied, “I do not judge in cases of dinei nefashot (matters of life and death).”

Rabbi Paysach Krohn tells the story of a young boy who was brought to the Lubavitcher Rebbe, in Russia, and, when the child was asked if he had anything say, he replied, “If you throw me out of cheder (school) you throw me out, my children, my grandchildren and all future generations.”

It is refreshing to see a rabbi who still respects the halachic decisors of previous generations.

Norman Schmutter

Teaneck