All Hands Needed on Deck

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  1. Ori says:

    I’d like to quote one of my favorite writers about Israeli Charedi affairs: But it is true that the social structure of the Israeli chareidi community that has been in place for at least thirty years – a social structure based on long-term kollel learning for all men – has never seemed so fragile as it does at present. And if that whole structure were to collapse, it would do so with dizzying rapidity leaving no time for preparation or gradual readjustments. The social dislocations would be enormous.

    You can ask the settlers of the former Gush Katif whether it’s a good idea to rely on the good graces of the Israeli government for one’s social structure. That being the case, arguably you need an “all hands on deck” effort in job training and recruitment.

  2. dovid says:

    “If we saw our neighbor’s house on fire, we would call the fire department and do whatever we could to extinguish the blaze.”

    But you won’t go in to put out the fire unless you were trained to do so. Those calling to do kiruv should also explain the obvious that one needs to know what he/she is doing. A neighbor’s daughter, fired up by calls to do kiruv on campuses, approached Jewish girls that had no desire in Yiddishkeit. Instead of those girls experiencing an עליה, they dragged down my relative to their sorrow state.

  3. Ori says:

    If we saw our neighbor’s house on fire, we would call the fire department and do whatever we could to extinguish the blaze

    Just remember, while you think the neighbors’ house is on fire, your neighbors think they are having a quiet evening at home in front of the fireplace.

    Everybody here seems to be mature enough to realize this. But it’s possible that Dovid’s neighbor’s daughter was not.

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