Can I ask a question? What's wrong with Bnei Torah learning a skill? Doesn't the Misnah in Mesactes Shabbos say, that a Father has an obligation to teach his child a skill and also how to swim?
I work with a lot of Chassidim, and I can tell you, that they are mad as hell, that they cannot read or speak the language of the country they were born in. I am not talking about "Chassidishe bums" or "tuna beigels" I am talking about serious erliche yidden.
So here comes the "educated" Frankfurter who wants to deny his grandchildren what he himself was taught.
I learned as a child in a Chassidishe Yeshivah, and they had a decent English Department, some went on to college and to medical schools to become doctors...
Some became successful lawyers.... Yes, Chassidishe guys that became doctors and lawyers...
What's wrong with that?
Now "The Frank " that took the ad got hell from the "big beards" and did an about face, because he is worried that they will ban his magazine now ..
Bearing the Talmudic quote “a man is obligated to teach his son a trade” and showing an illustration of a Chasidic boy reading a math textbook, the advertisement asserted that learning secular subjects is a religious mandate as well as the law.
In 2013 the organization used the same advertisement on a billboard overlooking New York’s Prospect Expressway.
“Last night it came to my attention that in this week's edition of Ami Magazine there is a banner ad for Yaffed, an organization with a mission to change the state of Orthodox Jewish chinuch [education],” wrote Ami editor and clown, Yitzchok Frankfurter in an email to subscribers.
“Ami Magazine has repeatedly advocated against such efforts and has condemned organizations like Yaffed. We have asked the community to unite against all those who seek to reform the Orthodox way of life, and we remain steadfast in our resolve to defeat such misguided initiatives.”
The inclusion of the advertisement, Frankfurter stated, was the result of an error in the advertising sales process, for which he apologized.
Asked for comment, Frankfurter told the Post that he could not "state more than I stated in the email."
Yaffed founder Naftuli Moster is currently suing the state of New York for failing to implement the same standards in ultra-orthodox schools as in their secular counterparts and, according to the New York Times, the parents of several students within that system have agreed to join him, although they are doing so anonymously for fears of communal backlash.
Yochanan Lowen, a former Satmar hasid, is currently suing authorities in Quebec, Canada, including the Department of Youth Protection, for failing to force local hasidic schools to meet similar educational standards, arguing that he lacks the basic life skills to function outside of his community as a result.