There is a vast gap between establishing a goal for Kiruv and measuring that goal. Hence, there is a difference between the question “what is the goal of Kiruv” and the question “what comprises success in kiruv?” Moreover, what is
Please note: All economic figures were quoted as of the week ending June 19th. There is a global economic crisis and this is true of America too and it is going to hit Kiruv organizations like a ton of bricks. Think I am exaggerating? The stock market doesn’t look so bad? Employment seems to be improving. Read on.
On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, suspected of using a counterfeit $20 bill at a local Minneapolis store, was killed by a policeman, later charged with 2nd degree murder. Bystanders took a video that went viral, of the officer using his knee to pin Mr. Floyd by his neck, and recorded him repeatedly saying, “I... Read more »
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?
Ibn Ezra explains that the reason we are obligated to love our fellow Jew is because we recognize that we were both created by the same Maker. Hence the verse, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” concludes with the words, “I am G-d” (Vayikra 19:18) — our love of our fellow man is inextricably... Read more »
Every outreach professional knows that his job is not done until he sees his student standing under the chuppah, about to establish a Torah home. At the same time, marriage and married life brings with it many delicate halachic questions for the kiruv professional.
Already well before the outreach movement gained momentum, b’nei Torah moved to out-of-town communities with the berachos of Torah leadership. Each case required its own query, each answer tailor-made to the circumstances of the
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
Chanufah can be liberally translated as the prohibition against undeserved flattering. It includes giving undue compliments and praising transgressors. The prohibition also includes endorsing
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 »