Yaffed was started by people like you, the reader, people whoattended Yeshiva all their years, and realized that the educationthat many Yeshivas provide is simply not enough to succeed in theworld. The Judaic education was very rigorous, but the generaleducation was far from adequate.The New York State Department of Education requires that allschools, including private schools, provide an education insubjects like English, math, science, New York and United Stateshistory, geography, music, art, health and physical education andmore. It also requires that this education continues through highschool, which children attend until around the age of 17.These requirements are in place so that individuals are not raisedto be ignorant and so that they are able to succeed in life. Theyare based upon the American belief that individuals should beequipped with the basic tools they need to become anything theywant: a doctor, a lawyer, a professor, a therapist, a politician, etc.This belief is consistent with the concept of bechirah (free will)and the Torah way of thought. And besides the obvious benefitthat being educated allows individuals to pursue better careersand gives them the means to purchase finer things for Shabbosand Yom Tov, being educated also allows individuals to choose topursue something that they are passionate about.Unfortunately, many of our Yeshivas have not been following NewYork State guidelines. In fact, in many Yeshivas, only English andmath are taught, and even those subjects are only taught at theend of a tiring day filled with Judaic studies, when it is difficult forboys to listen, pay attention, and work on things that they aretaught are tomeh (profane). In some cases, boys are extremelydisrespectful to their teachers, but they are not properlydisciplined because the English principal does not have any realauthority to discipline and to bring order.All this ends when boys enter Yeshiva Ketanah (high school) whichthey attend from 6am till 8pm. There they learn Torah, Halacha,Talmud, and in most cases Chassidus, but they do not learn a
single word of English, they don’t do a single math equation, nor
do they do any science. This leaves a bochur (adolescent) illiterateand unprepared for life. Not every single boy will end up learningall his life, becoming a dayan or a Rebbi, or working in a Seforim
(book) store, and that’s a fact! Some
bochurim are not made forthat. Some bochurim have other passions and interests. Deprivingthem of a proper education will not eliminate the passions thatthese individuals have; it is simply setting these bright andtalented individuals up for extremely painful and unfulfilled lives.Not only is this morally wrong, but it is also against the law.
Yaffed was created to ensure that all childrenreceive a satisfactory education. To accomplishthis mission, Yaffed is bringing the matter to theattention of Rabbis, leaders, and officials so thatthey can work together to develop a curriculumthat will offer a wider range of subjects whileremaining acceptable to the community.Right now, it is the job of the Department of Education to make sure that all students in NewYork State are receiving a proper education.However, they have failed miserably by notensuring that our bright and capable childrenreceive a substantial general education. Yaffedwill be working to get the Department of Education to help our Yeshivas improve theeducation that they offer. To do this, we need thebacking of people like you, to make it known thatthis is something that you believe in. Wetherefore encourage you to take a stand anddemand a better future for our children bywriting to your Rabbi or school administrationvoicing your concerns regarding education.With your support, Yaffed will help schoolsimprove their programming by obtaining fundsand resources for our Yeshivas in partnershipwith other Jewish and educational organizations.Yaffed highly recommends that schools beginimproving the general education that they offerto their students regardless of whether additionalfunds are available.
f knowledge can create problems,it is not through ignorance that we
can solve them.”
- Isaac Asimov
"A sense of curiosity is nature'soriginal school of education."- Smiley Blanton