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  • Hi, my name is Meyer and over the summer I had the privilege to learn in Kollel in Jerusalem. When I came home I wanted to learn all day and not doing anything else, just like Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai said. But my dad disagreed with me and he agreed with what Rabbi Yishmael said which was to work and then also make time for Torah. But I believe that because I want to learn Torah, that should mean that I am exempt from everything else.
  • Even though my son enjoys learning Torah, I believe that he should still go to college and get a degree and he can also learn on the side. I know that learning Torah is important to him but if he does not work along with learning Torah, he will not be able to provide for his family.
  • Dad, Rambam says that everyone is obligated to learn Torah. Why can't you let me just go back to Kollel and learn full time?
  • Meyer, I know that you think like Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai and want to learn all day, but in the world we live in now, very few people do that. Yes, Rambam says that every Jew is obligated to learn Torah, but that doesn't mean that you still can't go to college and learn Torah at the same time.
  • But Dad, If I want to study Torah full time, then other people will work for me. Just look at what the Vilna Gaon says. Other people can do work while I study Torah. 
  • Source #8: Pirkei Avot 3:5
  • I love how much you know and how much you love to learn Torah but I still believe that you should work along with learning. Other people should not be doing your work for you and there is a way for you to balance your time between working and learning.
  • Dad if you make me go to college and not let me go to Kollel, my learning will stop and then what? Learning is my passion and that is what I want my profession to be.
  • Source #6: Pirkei Avot 3:17
  • Meyer just because you'd be in college does not mean that your learning would stop. That is what I have been trying to tell you all along. I don't want you to stop learning I just want you to get an education and a degree at college and you can always still learn the side of that.
  • Source #20: Rambam, Hilchot Talmud Torah 1:8,10
  • Now I get it. I think I can to college and get a job and be satisfied knowing that I can always have learning Torah there for me. Thanks Dad!
  • Of course Meyer!
  • Source #7: Commentary of the Gra (Vilna Gaon) on Pirkei Avot
  • Source #5: Pirkei Avot 2:2
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