Mishmeres HaSholom – Ask the Rav

Q: I am a high school student, and my teacher appointed me to record the girls who are late and absent each day. This job is very hard for me; it makes me feel as if I’m “informing” on my friends. Also, the girls look at me accusingly — that because of me, they’re liable to be punished…

What should I do?

A: Since the teacher appointed the questioner for this job, and all her classmates know that she is doing it at the teacher’s request, there is no concern about “informing” on the other girls. Nor should she be worried about their looking at her critically, because everyone knows that it’s her job, and they’ve all come to school with the understanding that they have to follow all the school’s directives without exception.

The questions and answers above were taken from the Mishmeres Hasholom pamphlet in Israel. For details and inquiries please e-mail us at office@hasholom.org or call 972-2 5379160.

The views expressed are of the individual author. Readers are encouraged to consult their own posek for guidance.

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