In the previous chapter, we cited the position of many poskim who stated that under extenuating circumstances, the status of tinokos shenishbu can be applied to contemporary non-observant Jews. The implication is that many of the lenient rulings that affect how we relate to non-observant Jews cannot be applied indiscriminately. Rather, to determine whether a situation qualifies for special consideration, it must be evaluated by rabbinic leadership.
In a kiruv situation, the poskim are more lenient, as we will see below. Kiruv situations require different standards for many halachic issues. Moreover, there is an understanding that in many cases, imposing sanctions upon such people (e.g., telling them that they cannot have the honor to be counted toward the minyan until they are observant) is totally counterproductive in our generation.
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