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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Without Comment

Below is a quote from a Cross-Currents piece by Rabbi Yaakov Menken on kiruv:

While within any group you will find people with outlandish ideas, it is very clear that the Orthodox leadership would have none of it. Ahavas Yisrael, love of all Jews, is the order of the day. If you can, in fact, find someone who thinks otherwise, he or she is merely evidence that the charedim don’t follow their leaders as readily as the media insists we do.

This was brought home by an email and personal account that both came to me today.
The email arrived from a writer for HaModia, which is—as you probably know—as “ultra” Orthodox as a journal can be. By contrast to the Yated Ne’eman, HaModia has stronger ties to the Chassidic community, which should make it still more insular. Yet this writer’s “beat” is the world of Kiruv. To be sure, he can’t cover Project Genesis (as that would entail conceding that the Internet has a positive side), but he still talks about the world of Jewish outreach on a weekly basis.

2 Comments:

Blogger TheProf said...

Interesting. There is no question that Project Genesis is successful by going to where the risk is, on the Internet. That's where they'll pick up their constiuency and where the'll provide the hardest and most effective punch in their battle against the bad influences on our youth at risk. Hamodia can't address the good work that Genesis accomplishes since it's Internet related and the official Agudah line is to ostrich itself against the Internet. Waiting for a comment from Leapa on his quote.

9:27 AM  
Blogger Leapa said...

Prof, you said it all.

5:12 PM  

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