By now everyone has seen the video taken at a soccer game showing R’ Zev Leff shlit”a learning from a sefer while the announcers wonder our loud what it is he’s reading that’s more interesting than the game. If you haven’t seen the video, check it out below:
Commenting on the viral video, R’ Yaakov Horowitz pointed out that, as R’ Leff’s daughter explained after the match, which took place in Scotland, R Leff was in the country to visit his children and grandchildren. When he heard his grandchildren wanted to join their friends watching the game between Israel and Scotland, R’ Leff responded that he would like to join in on the trip so that he could spend more time with his grandchildren.
R Yaakov Horowitz, a mechanech who deals mainly with troubled teens, saw a tremendous lesson from the Rav, who clearly went out of his comfort zone and would have much preferred to sit in a Bais Medrash and learn, but chose to spend quality time with his family.
“My dear friends,” R Horowitz wrote, “If all parent and grandparents had the attitude that spending time with their kids/grandkids is something well worth going outside their own comfort zone, those of us who deal with teens-at-risk would get far less “business” down the road.”