Rav Avigdor Miller on Fighting Back in the Yeshiva
What should a bochur in a mesivta do if he has a teacher in the English department who wishes to discusss gay rights with the students?
And the answer is, he should go to the rosh yeshiva. He should go complain to the rosh yeshiva.
Now, that’s a very painful question; it’s not so simple because I know from experience that the people in charge do like this. The rosh yeshiva will tell you, “Talk to the principal.” So you go to the principal but he wants to keep his teachers; he doesn’t want to cause too much opposition, so he tries to soften the problem. “The teacher didn’t mean it,” he says to the boy. “He didn’t intend it.”
So now the boy now is stymied. He can’t go back to the rosh yeshiva and the principal already had put him off; so the boy now has to find other ways.
Now, I’ll tell you the other ways; I have other ways but I won’t say them in public because you might be the high school principal himself. So if you want, when you see me in private, I’ll tell you what to do.
Chasidim, Misnagdim and Red Delicious Apples
What’s the benefit of different types of servants of Hashem, like misnagdim and chasidim and sephardim? Wouldn’t it have been better if everybody used the same method of serving Hashem?
And the answer is, why is that you have clover honey and orange blossom honey and buckwheat honey? You have ten varieties of honey. The answer is, it makes life more delectable. Variety – it’s a pleasure. After all, Hakadosh Baruch Hu could have given us only apples. Let’s say you pass a fruit stand and there would be nothing there but red apples. Let’s say Red Delicious apples. All Red Delicious apples – nothing else. Wonderful! But how much more fun it is if you have ten different kind of fruits!
And therefore, there are all kinds of methods of serving Hashem. Now sometimes you can choose one and stick to it always and sometimes you can pick different things from different groups. Something you pick from the Gerrer, something you pick from Lakewood, something you choose from Lubavitch, something you take from Belz, something you take from Satmar and so on. Everybody has something to contribute. You can be sure there are a lot of delightful fruits in all these various places that will help a person serve Hashem in various ways.