Sunday, July 23, 2006
"קירוב רחוקים" = Garbage Collection
(Mirrer Bocherim in their אכסניא)
No, these aren't my words, but supposedly the words of Reb Yisroel Salanter, as repeated by Reb Yaakov Kamenecki.
From the Yated online:
"There is a yetzer hora to think that for the sake of making baalei teshuvoh everything is permitted without making any calculations.
HaRav Itzel Petterburg said in the name of his rebbe, Maran HaRav Yisroel Salanter, that kiruv rechokim is compared to those who serve as garbage collectors. No one could say that because they clean the street they are clean themselves. Of course not! Since they carry the garbage the odor clings to them.
The same applies to kiruv rechokim: the odor of transgression clings to the one who deals with it and so he needs to be cautious."
Read it all here
It's quotes like that one that make me question the whole concept of "Kiruv" in the Yeshiva world, whether by a Kollel, Seminars, or any other effort. I just find it hard to believe that people with such השקפות would actually bother and spend time with a Yid who has no Jewish education. It would be so much easier to sit back and say "I don't want the odor to cling to me." At least Lubavitch has some sort of philosophy when it comes to being "Mekarev" Yidden to Torah.