The Shelah refers to tochachah as “a very great mitzvah.” However, the sources for mitzvas tochachah are quite spread out and therefore not easily accessible. In this chapter, we provide background to understand the kiruv applications of the mitzvah of tochachah.

Tochachah: It’s All About Caring

It is not good enough to be a “tzaddik” — doing everything right, but unconcerned about one’s neighbor’s well-being. Regarding the mitzvah of tochachah, the Rambam writes that someone who has the attitude that his neighbor’s transgressions are none of his business is thinking and acting contrary to the dictates of the Torah. Additionally, the idea that one is not worthy to reprove others is not legitimate logic to overrule the deep responsibility that each Jew must have for another.


Please click here to continue reading Chapter XIII: Tochachah – Giving Rebuke.

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Please refer to the archives below for the previously published chapters of the Laws of Outreach:

Preface to The Laws of Outreach

Chapter I: The Mitzvos of Kiruv

Chapter II: Kiruv as a Rescue Mission

Chapter III: Categories of Transgressors and Our Obligations Toward Them

Chapter IV:  Contemporary Non-Observant Jews

Chapter V: Halachic Applications of Tinokos Shenishbu in our Time

Chapter VI: Lifnei Iver

Chapter VII: Invitations for Shabbos

Chapter VIII: Kiruv Through Food

Chapter IX: Marriage

Chapter X: Teaching Torah

Chapter XI: Male – Female Interactions

Chapter XII: Loving and Hating All in One


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