Mama, where do Jewish doctors come from?
Where do Jewish doctors come from?
Why do you ask shaifele?
Because my rebbe told us today in class that you're not allowed to go to college.
Well, he's right. College is a horrible place where they teach you all sorts of things that are against the Torah. A good yid never goes to college.
So, then where do Jewish doctors come from. Don't doctors have to go to college?
Yes, you have to go to medical school, which is an advanced college for doctors to become a doctor.
So, then if it's assur to go to college, how did Dr. Goldberg become a doctor? He's such an erliche yid - he wouldn't do something that's assur, would he?
No dear. He wouldn't. We all know that Dr. Goldberg is such a nice man and a shomer Torah u'Mitzvos.
So then, how did he become a doctor without going to college?
I guess he was born a doctor, shaifele.
Oh. It's too bad I wasn't born a doctor - I wanted to be one too.
Of course, the above conversation never (to the best of my knowledge) took place. However, the underlying point remains - if, in some circles, going to college is assur for any reason, then how are there frum doctors in those circles?
Obviously, the question is one that is easily answered - the doctors come from those who obviously don't see gaining a higher education as an absolute prohibition. But then one must wonder - if they do maintain that (frum) Jews should not go to college at all, are they then conceding the point that frum Jews shouldn't become doctors (or lawyers, dentists, etc.) ? Do they *really* think that there is value is having no Jewish professionals? Do they really see that as a good thing?
The question that must be asked is this - is the frum community richer (and I don't mean in a monetary fashion) by the presence of professionals among their ranks? Are we better off that there are frum doctors to give advice on halachic questions, frum lawyers and politicians to guide our community and individuals through legal and political obstacles, and frum researchers, engineers and other professionals?
Personally, I believe the answer is an unqualified yes; we are better off for the presence of these people in our communities. However, if the absolute college-naysaysers also say that we should have professionals among our ranks, I'd love to know how they plan to that without allowing them to go to college.