By Shmuel Miskin, Matzav.com
In a recent discussion about the exorbitant costs of tuition, a friend of mine questioned why many people who cannot pay full tuition for their children go ahead and pay thousands of dollars to send their daughters to seminary in Eretz Yisroel. It is well known that the cost of sending a girl to seminary overseas is well over $10,000. Why is that money not being used to pay the tuition fees that are owed to the yeshivos and schools that these families’ other children are attending?
A good question indeed.
One acquaintance of mine suggested that the girls truly “deserve the year” in Eretz Yisroel. Many of them, upon their return home, get married and devote years of their lives to supporting their husbands during their years in kollel. The year in seminary, suggested this person, is somewhat of a recognition of the girls’ selflessness. Thus, even if this comes at the expense of the local yeshivos, it is important and worthwhile.
Now, whether one agrees with this understanding or not, and whether it is indeed true or not, there seems to be something inherently hard to understand how parents who cannot afford to pay tuition can indeed send their daughters to seminaries overseas. If one feels that their daughter has a lot to gain by spending time in Eretz Yisroel, then let them send their daughter on a 2-3 week trip there. But to spend over $10,000 for seminary tuition and not to pay tuition to the other mosdos where one’s children attend seems wrong.
Do local mosdos have to suffer and beg for their tuition because some of the parents want to send their daughters to seminaries in Eretz Yisroel? If one cannot afford to do both, then tuition should be paid to the local mosdos and the girls should be sent to a high-quality in-town seminary which is not as costly.
(c) The Matzav Rant, Shmuel Miskin, Matzav.com