The following is a quote from last week’s Mishpacha magazine in an interview with the principal of the Boro Park Beis Yaakov:
In pedagogy, Rabbi Ehrenreich was profoundly influenced by his rosh yeshivah, Rav Reuven Grozovsky, one of the first mechanchim in America to guide his talmidim in the reality of daas Torah, showing them how the timeless wisdom of Torah addresses contemporary issues.
‘In 1948, when each day’s headlines brought a fresh round of questions, the rosh yeshivah would sit with a group of talmidim and explain the significance of each development, each historic breakthrough. He would ask a bochur to read for him, since he didn’t want to read from a newspaper, but he would comment on everything. It was a marvel to observe his acuity, his perception of mili d’alma. That’s chinuch.
Isn’t it amazing that a Rosh Yeshivah who supposedly didn’t want to read the newspaper would have a student read from it. If it is bad for the teacher, how much more so should it have been bad for the student. To me, this is a clear cut example of לפני עור לא תתן מכשול, putting a stumbling block before the blind. I often find the stories told about great rabbis are full of behaviors which are inspiring but rather head scratching.