Recently, Builder brought home an application for Giant Bais Yaakov. The biggest one on Brooklyn, if not the US and/or the world. And, true to form, I balked. Then I read the application. And I balked again.
First problem is what I call the "BT screen." The application asks for information about where the parents attended elementary school, high school, and yeshiva or seminary. The purpose, of course, is to weed out evil BTs like me who went to the dread public school. And of course, none of the nine schools I attended were Jewish schools at all. Builder wanted me to fudge my answers and list cities only. I don't think so.
Then came the bottom of the application. "Do you have any of the following: VCR? TV? Internet?" In the most technical sense, we're two for three, since the VCR has gone the way of the manual typewriter. However, we do have the other two, and the Things have limited access to both.
The solution, in the mind of Builder? Lie. All the other parents do it.
Excuse me while I run out of the room screaming.
OK, back now.
So, let me get this straight. In order to send one's children to an institution of Torah learning, you're going to lie. You're going to violate the Torah so your kids can learn it. That makes no bloody sense. Either you believe in the Torah, and live it by example, and prioritize your children's Torah education, or you don't. If you would violate a commandment etched in stone by the hand of G-d, why bother with the yeshiva? The Torah your children learn will be an empty shell.