Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Purim Collecting

see my poll.

my seventh grader came home saying his class is organizing groups to go collecting. The rebbi will pay for the car service to drive them around Monsey.

the group already decided they would send home any boy who drinks.

hunh? what adult would give a seventh grader anything but soda?

anyway, this is for a tzedaka that is a pet project of the rebbi.

Am I wrong to be horrified by this?

Encouraging our boys to be shnorrers and yentas?

because here in Monsey, the fun is not just the running around, or being driven around, and dancing in a sweaty furry costume.

it is about talking about the houses they've gone to, how big they are, how long the line is to get in to the house, what a G'vir the homeowner is, etc.

there is a discussion, either amongst the little collectors, or the person who organizes the group, about the people they are collecting from.

maybe I am extremely negative and jealous. maybe I am looking for the worst element of Purim. but my boys have had teachers and rebbeim who talk about these G'virim of the community, and will tell the boys,
"he just landed a great real estate deal"
"he started off with nothing straight out of kollel and look at him now"
"his father in law owns half the real estate on 5th avenue"
"his father supports all of Lakewood/Mir/Ponevich"

THIS is what we are teaching our children to revere?

please tell me your thoughts, maybe I need to be straightened out

and I welcome a better name for this post

3 comments:

SuperRaizy said...

Are you saying that groups of 12 year old boys will be riding around town and ringing doorbells without any adult supervision? That is dangerous and irresponsible.
And no, you are not wrong to be horrified by this. If the rebbe wants to collect money for his "pet project", let HIM go riding around town ringing doorbells. It is outrageous for him to use his students in this manner (and it is outrageous for the parents to allow this.)
I have already posted about how much I hate when schools use students as tzedakah collectors:
http://superraizy.blogspot.com/2008/03/using-children-as-fundraisers.html

Mikeinmidwood said...

Hey that was always fun. I loved collecting, and no, its not teaching them schnorring. Not all rebbeim are making them collec for their reasons, sometimes the kids go for things like chai lifeline.

Monsey Gal said...

I don't think I heard too much about the huge houses my brothers had seen. In fact, I really don't remember ever getting that kind of message from schools.