The Mishnah, at the end of Horayos, teaches the laws of triage. Those principles convey the guidelines of determining whose life to save first when a rescuer encounters multiple people whose physical lives are in danger. Is there spiritual triage? If there are limited resources, how does an outreach professional determine which non-observant Jews take... Read more »

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”... Read more »

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... Read more »