It's the Neo-Tzig again, and as I prepare to pass the baton back to the real deal Tzig, there is a matter that has been bouncing around my brain for a long, long, time:
Shlichus. I understand that it’s the Rebbe’s baby and it has changed the world. I get it. However, the current state of affairs (in the Neo-Tzig’s opinion) leaves much to be desired. So, my proposal:
Anyone “out there” can tell you about “Old-Sheliach syndrome.” It’s only normal that people get burned out, sit back on their laurels, allow corruption to sneak in, etc. here are some advantages that could be had, if we would term limit them:
1. We would have an influx of new blood and energy
2. Success will have to be current, instead of the successful 1976 season.
3. Mosdos wouldn’t become stale – people could have a (very healthy) “what have you done for me lately” approach.
4. Old (and successful) shluchim should then come back to Crown Heights and be living examples for unzer yugent. (Something is terribly lacking & needed – what other kind of community sends their best away to leave only the worst as examples for the future?)
5. We would strike a bit of a blow against nepotism – theoretically eliminating shluchim who really shouldn’t be.
I could surely come up with more advantages, but that’s a good start. I could also come up with a list of cons, but I’ll leave that for you commenters (and I still think the pros will outweigh them). Term limits don’t have to be short (say 25 years?), let me hear what you think...
(Also true: Berl Yeimi: Shlichus should be a no self aggrandizing zone)