Tuesday, October 07, 2014

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School?

School?

    by Reb Gutman Locks


     Late Shabbos afternoon a young man and his mother stopped me on my way to the Kotel. He told me that he had read, "Coming Back to Earth." Coming Back to Earth is the story of my personal spiritual journey, what I went through, and how I ended up where I am today. You can hear a brief version of it at;

Been There, Done That, Thank G-d I'm Here Now

     I asked him what he was doing with his life. He said that he was learning Torah. I asked him what he wants to do with his life.

     He answered that he wanted "to become determined."

     I asked, "Determined in what?"

     He said that he did not know yet.

     I said, "You should learn Torah half the day, and go to engineering school half the day, so you can get a skill in order to make a living."

     His mother clapped her hands, gave a huge smile, and said, "Yea!"

     I went on to the Kotel, and the young man came up to me again.

     He asked; "Why did you tell me to become an engineer? Do you tell everyone you meet to become engineers?"

     I answered; "Maybe, I've told one other young man to become an engineer."

     He asked, "Then, why did you tell me?"

     I explained, "When I asked you what you wanted to do with your life you didn't answer that you wanted to become a Torah scholar, or a great rabbi, so you should not force yourself to learn all day if this is not your goal. You should go to school and learn a profession so you can get married and support your family. You need a skill that the world needs, something that you can do that we need to have done.

     "We don't need philosophers, historians, or cooks. There are too many lawyers in Israel now and they cannot find work. But there is a great need for engineers. There are mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, computer engineers, all kinds of engineers, and they all make a living.

     "You need to have a skill so the person looking to hire someone doesn't have to say, 'I like the way you look.' But instead, asks, 'Can you do this?' If you can, you get the job. You should learn Torah half a day, and learn a profession half a day so you will be able to get married and support your family."

     He said, "That makes sense," and he went back to his mother.

     What do we learn from all this? We learn some good information about planning a young person's life, and we learn that many times young people cannot hear the advice that their parents give them, no matter how many times they hear it. His parents had surely told him about making a living. Yet sometimes someone they do not really know can get it across to them in a way that will change their life in a minute.

 

1 comments:

Josh said...

While there seems to be an impression that there are too many lawyers in Israel, there is in fact still a high demand for good ones. Having great English is a big advantage. Life at the beginning is very very hard and not for a lot of money, but eventually, the money does get good though the work is still hard and with long hours.

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