Dear Matzav.com Editor,
This letter might seem strange but I feel an important lesson can be learned. The following is a letter I just recently received from a former talmid of mine:
Earlier today, I was hitching on Ocean Parkway to my sister’s house and I got a ride with a young lady who seemed to be frum; she was eating a kosher looking ice cream. In the car, Xmas-Santa songs were playing and I started thinking that maybe the driver was a non-Jew. Her son was buckled next to me, so I asked her what her son’s name is. The driver replied, “Moshe Tzvi.” I was horrofied.
To make matters worse, when I got to my sister, I told her what had transpired. She told me, “Maybe she likes Xmas songs.”
I now understand better what rebbi has told me: that even a bochur who is not matzliach much in his learning still must be in a yeshiva just so as not to become part of the outside world.
I can never thank you enough.