There have been many proclamations from the Torah leadership exalting outreach activities and declaring it obligatory for all those who could participate, to do so…

A joint statement was publicized by Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach, the Vizhnitzer Rebbe, Rav Yechiel Michel Feinstein, Rav Shmuel HaLevi Wosner, Rav Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg, and Rav Simcha Zissel Broyde. It spoke of the “sacred responsibility” and the “strong obligation” of engaging in kiruv; prioritizing this over attending weddings and other joyous events (for which we all find time). It set the minimum obligation at one night a month, (although it also stated that we should be doing our utmost in this regard). It suggested family visits, preferably two kollel students together at a time, and to engage families in friendly conversations.

Similarly, Rav Chaim Shmuelevitz, the Steipler Gaon, and Rav Eliezer Shach issued a joint statement asserting that it was a major obligation to teach those who have strayed out of ignorance, and to bring closer to Judaism those who are distant. At an individual level, the statement exhorted everyone to dedicate at least one night during our generation, a period of Divine mercy. However, the proposal called on Roshei Yeshiva and other communal leaders to organize their own communities to be able to do kiruv.

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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

Chapter XIII: Tochachah – Giving Rebuke

Chapter IV: Chanufah and Outreach – Undeserved Flattering

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