The First Klal Perspectives Shabbaton
It was only a few years ago that a few guys tired of listening to each other kvetch, and put together a very modest action plan. The first step was a secret conclave of about twenty people at an undisclosed location. Two conclusions emerged. People from a broad range of sub-groups within legitimate Torah Judaism all shared the same frustrations and complaints. And, our community is blessed with much talent.
From the vigorous discussions at that meeting, you can draw a straight line to the founding of Klal Perspectives, which has succeeded in bringing together in each issue voices and opinions that otherwise would not find a place under one literary roof. None of the editors expected miracles. We were looking to jump-start wider awareness and concern, optimistic that intelligent discussion would follow. Both are precursors to real solutions. We also believed that demonstrating to the community that Torah’s Got Talent!(c) would itself serve as chizuk to the battle-scarred; presenting multiple points of view – so seldom happening in the Orthodox press – would be encouraging to those grown cynical.
The next small step is taking the process on the road, prodding people in different communities to think harder and deeper, and see what ideas can be generated when Yidden put their heads together. Our first attempt at this will be taking place next Shabbos, Parshas Tetzaveh, in Baltimore, graciously hosted by Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion. We know that people from other locations will be joining us (i.e. all five members of the editorial board). It is not too late to make arrangements to join what should be a memorable Shabbos.