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Section: Stories   Category: Story Corner
A Picture Of Rav Vosner Or Tickets?
The son of an American Jew was approaching Bar Mitzvah age, and his father decided to bestow his son with a wonderful present.  He told his son that before his bar mitzvah, they would travel together to Eretz Yisrael to the Beis Medrash of the Gaon, Rav Shmuel Vosner, the Shevet Levi.  There, the Gaon would lay his tefillin for the first time.

The man’s son was very excited about this opportunity, and prepared for the trip.  His father told him that that Rav Vosner had told him to call him a few days before they left America in order to confirm the meeting.  Meanwhile, the father purchased the airplane tickets.

A week before the flight the father called Rav Vosner, and to his astonishment, the Shevet Levi said to him, “I decided that it’s not worthwhile for you to travel to me to Bnei Brak.”

The shocked father said, “What happened all of a sudden?  My son has been looking forward and preparing for the trip for a long time!”

Rav Vosner explained, “It’s true that there’s an inyan that the first time that a boy lays tefillin, it should be done by a Rav, but have you thought how many unsavory sights the boy is bound to see on the long trip from America?  Is it worth it?”

The father tried to explain to Rav Vosner that his son would be extremely disappointed if the trip was canceled, but all his explanations and pleading did not help.  Rav Vosner said, “Nothing in the world is worth the damage incurred if your son sees forbidden things.”  The father then asked, “And what will I do with the two tickets that I bought for two thousand dollars?”

 Rav Vosner answered, “Go buy a large frame, and put the two tickets inside it.  On the top of the frame, write in clear letters, ‘We sacrificed these two tickets which cost two thousand dollars in order that our dear son should not see forbidden things!”   (Barchi Nafshi)

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Anonymous, 2009-01-04 12:13:47
So should one never travel to Eretz Yisroel because of what he may see along the way?
RE, 2009-01-04 21:43:58
This story is not a psak. It is something that Rav Vosner said to a specific individual, whom we don't know, at a certain time for a certain reason.

The reason we posted this story is to show the extreme sensitivity of Rav Vosner to this matter, and how it was possible that in a one case he even went as far as he did.

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