When Reb Yitzchok Yaakov Rosenshain, a teacher at the Toras Emes yeshiva, wanted to give up his teaching position, the Rebbe highlighted the priority of teaching and the public benefit it brings.
A Lubavitcher chossid always knew that it was near-impossible to get a green light from the Rebbe to leave a teaching job.
When Reb Yitzchok Yaakov Rosenshain, a teacher at the Toras Emes yeshiva, wrote to the Rebbe various reasons why he wanted to leave his position, the Rebbe’s response focused on the root-cause for his deliberations:
“It is the yetzer hara who is hindering your service of Hashem, which is to educate children al taharas hakodesh, with simcha!”
A few years passed, and Reb Yitzchok Yaakov wrote to the Rebbe again. This time both he and his wife were considering leaving their teaching positions.
“It is a priority,” responded the Rebbe in his holy handwriting, “that both of you continue with your educational work. Since the teaching is for the public’s benefit, while the challenges are merely personal and temporary…”
(Toras Emes, Page 410)
From The Weekly Farbrengen by Merkaz Anash