In the presence of the Shechinah

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  1. joel rich says:

    Baruch Hashem! No viewing the patient as a cheftza shel mitzva (object with which to complete a commandment) or not going because it could be done al tidei acher (by someone else) so why divert time from Talmud Torah. I hope this attitude (a broad integrated view of life)is contagious.

    BTW as one whose shul runs classes in being a mitzvah clown for visiting the sick, I would be milamed zchut (explain) that even though the shichina is at the bedside, we are commanded not only to pray there but to do whatever the invalid needs (including in some cases light entertainment). I believe in that case HKB”H smiles along with the invalid.


  2. Baruch Horowitz says:

    “I hope this attitude (a broad integrated view of life)is contagious.”

    So do I. I would also say that different types of volunteer opportunities would suit different types of people and that not everyone would make a good counselor in Camp Simcha, for example, but I’m sure many didn’t think at first that they would be good either at that position.

    “Such outlets are far fewer for young people, especially young men, in today’s yeshivah world. And as a consequence, there are too many young men whose normal human need to feel that they can excel in something important and be respected are not being met, often with disastrous consequences”

    In these aspects, boys are no different than girls, in that besides having an intellectual side, they have other human needs which need to be fulfilled as well. A veteran machenech wrote in to Mishpacha that boys could benefit from more athletic activities or from music. The Stipler advised bachurim how to achieve satisfaction from limud hatorah, but there can be other ways as well to fulfill the “normal human need to excel”.

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