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Pirkei Avos: The Best Child Doctors, The Worst Child Doctors

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Pirkei Avos: The Best Child Doctors, The Worst Child Doctors
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The enigmatic Gemara in Kedushim states "Tov ShebiRofim LiGehinom"; The best of the doctors go to Gehinom. It is said in the name of Rav Chaim Volozhin that there are two approaches to healing an illness. A doctor can devise a slow long treatment process with bearable doses of medication or he can bombard the patient with medicines to kill of the diseases swiftly but leave enormous damage in its wake.

Similarly with a parent or rebbi trying to "cure" a child from his spiritual and character defects there are also two approaches. Either you can softly and gradually over time cajole the child on to the right path with love and attention or you can blast him to where you want him to be in life by embarrassing him with one good scream. The downside to the latter method is that the Mishna in Pirkei Avos (3:15) says "Hamalbin Es Pnei Chaveiro BiRabim Ein Lo Cheilek B'Olam Haba"; if you embarrass someone publicly you have no share of Olam Haba.

Therefore warns the gemara in Kedushin the best of the doctors who can miraculously cure a child of his ills in one fell swoop will do wonders for the patient but he will ultimately find himself in Gehinom. (Toras Chaim)

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