TRIP GOES ON: Rav Shmuel Kamenetsky Gives Go-Ahead to Camp Water Park Outing, Satmar Rebbe Cancels Trip

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In light of recent water-related tragedies, Rav Shmuel Kamenetsky, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva of Philadelphia and member of the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah of Agudas Yisroel of America, was consulted by several camps regarding planned trips. spoke to a number of camps that consulted with the rosh yeshiva regarding a water park trip that was scheduled. Rav Kamenetsky gave the go-ahead to proceed with the trip as planned. had reported earlier that Rav Elya Brudny, rosh yeshiva of Mirrer Yeshiva of Brooklyn, advised that while normative water-related activities are fine to engage in, other water sports, especially those that involve a modicum of danger, should be avoided, in light of the preponderance of water-related tragedies in the frum community this summer.

As reported, Rav Brudny did not issue a halachic p’sak regarding this matter, but shared his personal feeling regarding the proper hanhagah of a Torah Jew. Again, Rav Brudny referred to dangerous-type water engagements, not normative swimming, water parks, and the like.

Meanwhile, Rav Aharon Teitelbaum of Satmar has instructed the Kiryas Yoel Cheder Day Camp to call off a planned trip to Zoom Flume Water Park tomorrow. has reported no less than 8 drowning incidents over the course of the summer.

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  1. עצה טובה אם הולכים למקומות כזה להתחזק וללמוד ולעסוק בתורה לפני ההליכה, ובדרך, ובחזרה, וכו’, ובזכות זה ה’ יהי’ הגנה מלמעלה כמו שאמרו חז”ל שתורה מגני ומצלי, אכי”ר

  2. Elu v’elu divrei elokim CHAIM! All who follow the dictate of the mishna “Aseh lecah Rav” will merit siyata dshmaya.

    For those who ignore the dictate of the mishna r’l………. All I can say is :

    Swim at your own risk!


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