A Model Shul

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5 Responses

  1. joel rich says:

    Sounds like you’re dealing with, “I never thought I could act this way
    And I’ve got to say that I just don’t get it
    I don’t know where we went wrong
    But the feeling’s gone and I just can’t get it back”

    While we might look for a shul to answer the call, another wise man answered the question with the following :
    “Who seeketh Utter Wisdom, not power-play nor pelf.

    Let him not seek Belquinor but within himself.”

    BTW Did R’ Zupnick confirm the high percentage of baalei tshuva? It doesn’t seem consistent with my anecdotal observations there (although I don’t know whether not being a baal tshuva automatically correlates with kollel)

    She-nir’eh et nehamat Yerushalayim u-binyanah bi-mherah ve-yamenu,

  2. Dr. E says:

    Reb Jonathan:

    You paint a picture of a kehllah of diverse elements that is committed to growth in Torah. That is commendable. A model shul may indeed have a Beis Medrish that takes men back to their Yeshiva years. But, I’m sure that you would also agree that a “model shul” is more than just a place where Bnei Torah have a context in which to continue their learning at a high level. However, it’s not all about the guys. To qualify as a “model shul” in 2015, it would also be a context through which children, teens, and women can daven, learn, gain inspiration, and be involved in their communities.

  3. Alexandra Fleksher says:

    I am happy to report that Binah magazine has also taken on the topic, with the cover article of the June 8th issue entitled “Kollel to Work: The Transtion” and a follow-up feature with letters and Rabbinic responses in the July 6th issue. I have no doubt that this is trickle-down from the Klal Perspectives Winter issue. And I’m curious in what way we will return to this topic in weeks to come…

  4. Shmuel says:

    Reb Joel: This is only an anecdote, but Rabbi Zupnick’s shul Beis Torah UTefillah (BTU) is colloquially described as Baal Teshuva University. There are plenty of FFB folks who daven there but I believe many (read: most) who seek Rabbi Z’s guidance exclusively are in fact Baalei Teshuva.

  5. tzippi says:

    Dr. Bill, some people may see it as chicken and egg. Many shuls have been doing what you say, through active sisterhoods and shiurim for women, youth minyanim, and more. Of course, this isn’t the case all over; many of the women may be part of larger, community organizations, the children too part of community endeavors. I see this to an extent in my own community.
    But what a thing of beauty if the men are united in a commitment to kvius haTorah, and if they find their own batei kneses a welcoming place for limud haTorah too (with time to devoted to learning with their children)….

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