Religious Counseling and Pesak Halakhah in a Yeshivah Setting

by: Joel B. Wolowelsky


Introduction: Many years ago, a student who had previously expressed no interest in studying in Israel after high school approached me with a request to arrange an interview the next day with a visiting Rosh Yeshivah. I spoke with him about the changes that were occurring in his thinking, agreed to arrange the interview, and the next day quietly slipped into the back of the room during the admissions test. The boy was exceptionally bright and did quite well. As the interview drew to a close, the Rosh Yeshivah, appropriately known for his keen insight, startled us both with an unexpected question: “Are you fully shomer Shabbat,” he queried.

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