Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Ger Expels Over 30 Teenage Girls Because Their Fathers Went to R' Shaul Alter's Tish


One thing is for sure ... It's not the internet that's holding up Moshiach

The Headlines Will Move On. But Will The Girls?

 The following letter was written by a concerned educator regarding recent events:

It is late at night and sleep eludes me as I close my eyes. All I see is a world of pain and anguish, with heartbreak that will only surface well after the current chapter appears to be closed. Yet for those affected by it, these few weeks are going to be among the most pivotal in their life, with scars that might never heal – scars that are both figurative, and shockingly often, literal.

The local news cycle is as passionate and animated as it’s been in a long time. The visit of Harav Shaul Alter Shlit”a and the response by Ger leadership is getting a lot of attention, but its most profound long term impact isn’t being discussed at all! Right now, the conversation is whether girls will be kicked out of school due to their father’s position on this matter, and whether a school should or even has a right to take such measures in response. Lost in this conversation is what will happen to the girls involved, even if they immediately land on their feet elsewhere.

As someone with many years of experience in the field of chinuch, I say with complete confidence that in these very moments when the words in this letter are being written and read, there are heimish, frum, healthy teenage girls whose spiritual, emotional, and even physical lives are being extinguished or damaged beyond repair! I’ve seen it happen before and I know with certainty that it will happen again. Unless there is a change of heart and the girls remain in their natural environment, the end result will be dire.

Nearly 17 years have passed since the last bitter intercommunal split roiled the streets of Borough Park, when the passing of the Bobov Rebbe, Harav Naftali ZT”L led to bitter strife within the kehilla. Then, too, children were removed from the only school they’ve ever known and left to their own devices in a sea of uncertainty. I am personally familiar with multiple hair-raising stories of the negative impact this development had, leading to the most unimaginable results for the girls and their parents. Countless adults are still impacted by the childhood trauma experienced then!

It does not take an expert or a mechanech to understand why this is. Schools are not just places where children learn to spell and count, they are spaces that serve primarily as social structure systems to help cultivate the next generation of Jewish wives and mothers. To suddenly tear children away from their friends, social circles and their sense of personal belonging is not to punish their father – it is to render worthless all the work that was put into them. No matter how they turn out, they will never fully recover. It’s just not possible! In addition, when a child is removed from their surroundings and told implicitly or explicitly that this is because her father’s actions have made her entire family tamei and labeled them as undesirables, a part of them has been destroyed forever.

It might be too late for Ger, but I implore anyone and everyone reading these words to at least begin making this part of the conversation. Those who have been on the receiving end of such treatment in the past should consider seeking therapy for their pain, and all of us should vow to do better going forward. Right now, we are ignoring the destruction of our most prized possessions before our very eyes. Please, let’s end this madness before it ends us.


Anonymous said...


Brought back memories of us Camp Sternberg girls being kicked out of Bais Yaakov. It was traumatic but we had a sense of purpose of making a statement, backed by many prominent Torah leaders of the day, and we B"H all turned out fine. The Gerrer girls will feel proud of their fathers' stance and that will keep them emotionally healthy forever.


Zako said...

We may agree or disagree, but it's totally illegal to throw a kid out from school based on the father's religious or political beliefs.
Already happened not too long ago in an NK case. And the NK dad won the trial against the school.

Unknown said...

you wrote:
"we are ignoring the destruction of our most prized possessions before our very eyes"

its not that WE are ignoring it, we are POWERLESS!! who cares what’s important for us. We are mere pawns in these so called “Rebbes” game of power and control. And for them the “most prized possessions before their very eyes” is POWER and $$$, not our children and not Yiddishkeit and definably not GOD.

They don’t care about their very OWN children either. For its clear their children will also fight to death once they die just like they do today. This is how short sighted they are, they don’t care about anything other then POWER and $$$

Anonymous said...

And we want to know why kids go OTD.

Anonymous said...

Time for everyone to stop following and idolizing these Rabbonim.
Just another form of idolatry, or as someone I know calls it, Gadolatry.
These are just men who have inherited the title due to DNA, and in most
cases, arent smart enough to tie their own shoes. Just look at the infighting in Satmar, Bobov, etc. The 2 Satmar brothers have proven over and over that they are merely control freaks, and either would sell his mother for a dollar. Its no longer about torah, its about money, power, and control. My attitude, they can all be fruitful and multiply, but in
different words.

Sam green said...

Best thing that ever happened to them