It is a basic tenet of chareidi Judaism that 12 years of religious education are essential to ensuring one’s understanding of and dedication to Judaism. Also, that if you don’t go to seminary for a year, you could lose everything from those 12 years. Also, if you then ever step outside of the chareidi community, you jeopardize it all as well.
This always puzzled me, because I was under the impression that Judaism was Truth, and provable, and something I always felt extremely confident in. Why was it at more risk in the face of exposure to other ideas than last season’s fashion?
Anyway, this story from Kaylie reflects that attitude. It’s not really surprising, except that otherwise intelligent people can believe it. FTR, I know plenty of extremely committed frum Jews who passed through the flames of Brooklyn College untouched.
“So in 9th grade the Dean used to teach us parsha once a week.
One week he came in visibly distraught and started talking about secular colleges. He said he just found out that one of his graduates was in Brooklyn College. He told us he couldn’t believe it and that going to a secular college is like walking into a fire.”
This story sent in by Kaylie.