Friday, June 9, 2006
Agudah to blame?
Bialistoker commenting on Well? Are You?
The Rashab of Lubavitch and Reb Chaim Brisker were for some reason (from) the only Russian Torah leaders that withstood the temptration to support the Agudah.
You may ask, "why call something that all Gedolei Yisroel supported a temptation?"
The answer is simple. It was a temptation because it seemed like a quick fix to what was ailing Judaism at the time, and it really wasn't. The problems facing world Jewry were far greater than any cute group could fix. What was needed was not just girls schools, which did do something for very few Jewish girls, but something to make Bochurim that were tempted to join a slew of other movements be proud of being Frum Jews.
Instead, all those who did leave the fold were treated "by the book". If he was a Kofer, or Mechalel Shabbos he was ostracized and ignored. Imagine if a little love was shown to these people!
A shame that we did not merit to see that. The Holocaust "took care" of that problem.
You started off well, but went on a tangent. What was the connection between the Agudah and Jews leaving the fold? What could they have done differently?