Thursday, June 11, 2015
Is the שיטה הקדושה פון ויואל משה running out out of steam and not connecting to young people anymore?
There was some talk about it a few weeks ago, where some young people were interviewed anonymously in some publication. Obviously those that were interviewed are likely not the guys you want to use as your "proof." They're not on the Satmar path at all. So the fact that they like the Land of Israel is not proof that the Shittah is bankrupt. But we're not talking about the guys in that interview. We're talking about young people, in their 20s, 30s and 40s, who send their kids to Satmar mosdos, who daven in Satmar shuls, and who may even spend all the דערהויבענע מאמענטן of the year in Satmar. Does the shittah speak to them? More and more we see that it doesn't, and for a very simple reason. It's tough to raise a generation on a basis that is the antithesis of what a Jew believes and yearns for. Eretz Yisroel is in the heart of every Jew. He yearns to go there, whether he feels it or not. It's part of our past, present and future. Some choose not to see any of the wrongs going on there, because of the love, and I dare say, some choose to see EVERYTHING as wrong. Maybe because they love it so much, and it's hard to see a beloved country, G-d's country, act that way. Young people, however, they're in need of love, to love and be loved. They can't live the way their parents and grandparents did. This is true with regards to most things in life, the way they raise their families, and even the way they see Eretz Yisroel. They need to love. The Shittah was good for the old generation, it doesn't seem to be working with the younger ones. Even if we do see bochurim marching and wearing sackcloth, and even if we see 13 year old kids saying דאון וויט איזראעל.