Rav Hirsch: Concerns of Heresy in Academia

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The Israeli Yated Ne’eman this morning published remarks from Rav Moshe Hillel Hirsch, rosh yeshiva of Slabodka Yeshiva in Bnei Brak and member of the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah of Degel Hatorah, that academic studies for men and women may involve heresy.

“If there is a school lecturer who does not believe in the Torah, it cools off one’s yiras Shomayim,” he said.

“There is no one who is immune,” he added. “In every school of academia, there is a danger. We are talking about…serious things that amount to apostasy.”

The words of the Slabodka rosh yeshiva were publicized part of an information campaign conducted by an organization in recent weeks against what is being called “the ravages of academia.”

“One must distance himself from hearing any talk that includes heresy, even the smallest suggestion of ideas that are contrary to Torah. And if a father says that his daughter is ‘a strong girl’ [and can handle it], it is a serious mistake … The most outstanding young men who are learning, davening, etc, may have thoughts in their hearts [that are contrary to Torah] that no one from the outside even knows.”

{Matzav.com Israel News Bureau / Photo: Moshe Goldstein}

12 COMMENTS

  1. I don’t believe everything that I read. It needs a full recording to show context. These things are very often taken out of context.

  2. I don’t believe everything that I read. It needs a full recording to show context. These things are very often taken out of context.

  3. To those who have been exposed — and for the rest of us, as well — the book “Torah Chazal and Science” by HaRav Moshe Meiselman SHLIT”A is very helpful in reinforcing one’s Emunah and Yiras Shamayim.

    • Derech Eretz means work not academia – and surely not kefira. If all colleges forced you to eat pork every day, there is nothing in Rav Hirsch’s writings to condone that

  4. When Rav Aron Kotler ZT”L Returned From One of His Trips to Israel, He stated the Following Regarding the “Frum” Bar Ilan University:

    “Ich Hab Gefarsht, S’iz Naar durt Ein Professor Vas Gloibt Ofentlach in Torah Min Hashamayim”.

    TRANSLATION- I Investigated [Bar Ilan], There is only One Professor that openly believes in Torah Min Hashamayim.

    This Statement From Rav Aron Kotler Can be Verified By His Talmidim.

    • It is important to discuss this with a qualified Rav. This is no less a serious halachic question than a complicated hilchos shabbos question

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