In Makkot 10a, we learn that if a man is exiled to a city of refuge, his teacher must be exiled with him to continue to teach him Torah there:
[The Sages] taught: [If] a student is exiled [to the city of refuge], his teacher is exiled with him, [so that the student can continue studying Torah with him there,] as it is stated: [And he shall flee to one of these cities] and live, [Deut. 4:42] from which it is derived: Perform some [actions] for [the unintentional murderer so] that [life in the city] will be [conducive to] living for him. [Since Torah study is an integral component of his life, arrangements must be made to ensure its continuity.] Rabbi Zeira says: From here one learns that a person should not teach a student who is not fit, [as that may result in the teacher following the student into exile].
Sounds like a bad deal for teachers!
I have a couple of questions:
- Why does it have to be HIS teacher, as opposed to "A" teacher?
- Why does the teacher have to be exiled, as opposed to visiting his student periodically?
Perhaps the authorities can appoint a resident teacher at a city of refuge, to teach ALL the refugees there.
Is all this addressed anywhere?