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Rav Moshe Feinstein and The Missing Ballots
The parents of a boy studying at Rav Moshe Feinstein's yeshiva came one day to discuss with him an urgent matter. They wanted their son, who was studying full time in the yeshiva to leave yeshiva, and embark on a professional career. The son would hear nothing of this and insisted on staying, for the time being, in the Bais Medrash where his diligence was bearing fruit. It was decided among them that they would go to Rav Moshe to arbitrate this important matter.
The father began to speak and said to Rav Moshe that the gemara says there are 3 partners that help create every child and therefore those three should decide the child's fate. Those three being the father, the mother, and Hashem. "I am the father here is the mother" said the father "and you as the boy's Rosh Yeshiva can act as the representative of Hashem." With that being said the father began to make his argument. "I and the mother both vote for the boy to leave the yeshiva. Therefore even if you vote that he remain you are outvoted 2 against 1 and the boy must leave."
Then with a big smile on his face the father turned to Rav Moshe and asked if he has any objections to his argument. Rav Moshe in his infinite wisdom replied that while that being the case, each one of them, the father, the mother, and Rav Moshe are also the product of three partners. Their two parents and Hashem. Therefore since Rav Moshe's three partners as well as 1/3 of each of the two parents three partners vote that the boy should stay in yeshiva that would make it 5 to 4 in favor of him staying....and stay he did!
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