Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Reb Avromol Ausband

At Sunday night's Telshe Riverdale Dinner the Rosh Yeshiva Reb Avromol Ausband, known as "Rebbe" to his talmidim, delivered on a potpourri of topics in his speech to the well attended crowd:

  • we live in a throw away society. We immediately throw away: toaster ovens; some- their wife...
  • Sharon gave up his entire life's ideology for the disengagement.
  • technology is infringing on human activity. Soon there won't be any new 'shailos uteshuvos' seforim as people simply don't write.
  • what was once called shmuts is now called "an alternative life style".
  • we have to grab on to the Torah!
posted by Yeshiva Orthodoxy
at 3:32 PM

5 Comments:

Anonymous VFB said...

--- we live in a throw away society. We immediately throw away: toaster ovens; some- their wife... ---

I’ve heard people make comments along these lines and I never understood it.

People through away something rather than fix it where the labor is a bigger expense than the raw materials. The amount of labor expended per toaster when one mass produces thousands of toasters is miniscule compared to the labor that goes into working on repairing one toaster. Thus while you are wasting raw materials such as metal and plastic, by buying a new toaster you are saving labor that is of greater value.

How exactly does this relate to one’s willingness to get divorced?

--- Sharon gave up his entire life's ideology for the disengagement. ---

Sharon was always a secular person who never cared about Yeshuv Eretz Yisroel for any religious reasons. It was strictly strategic. When the facts on the ground changed, he changed. The settlers were motivated by religion. They didn’t quite realize that when they had the same policy as Sharon, but for very different reasons.

4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When will we get throw away rosh yeshivas?

8:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WU HO VUS PISHED MIN!

11:12 PM  
Blogger mo said...

you obviously dont understand... the point being made is that contrary to the lifestyle of many years ago where if something like a toaster was broken you would bring it to get fixed, we live in a day and age that because it would probably be cheaper to throw it out and purchase a brand new one and with the the popularity of disposable utensils, a persons mentality is subconsciously changed in that when something breaks the thought is not to repair it but rather to dispose of it. this has far reaching effects hence "the disposable era" which can ultimately effect ones marriage so that if there was a problem he might choose the easy way out solely because that is what his mind is used to.

11:58 PM  
Anonymous VFB said...

--- a persons mentality is subconsciously changed in that when something breaks the thought is not to repair it but rather to dispose of it. ---

When my toaster breaks I will get a new one, but my car didn’t start recently, and the thought of replacing it never crossed my mind. It was a few hundred dollars to fix and it’s running as well as new. People can distinguish between which things they choose to repair and which they do not. The difference between a toaster and a car is even smaller than the difference between a toaster and a spouse.

For one, you cannot walk into a store and purchase a new spouse. There is no guarantee that the people who divorce will ever get remarried like there is a guarantee when I dispose of my toaster I will buy a new one. Also, there is a certain amount of social stigma to divorce. Even if the person does remarry, being divorced will greatly limit the pool of marriage prospects. A divorced person’s children will be stigmatized as well when it comes to finding a shidduch. For these reasons I do not think people get divorced for no reason. The comparison to a toaster is too inapt to be meaningful.

In most cases of divorce among Yeshivish people, where the divorce rate is much lower, there are serious emotional problems on the part of one, or sometimes both of the spouses. Unfortunately, there is not a great “repair shop” where things can be repaired. Counseling sometimes works, but often the problems are too deep for the people to be able to correct them.

8:30 AM  

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