Thursday, 7 October 2010

Infusing Our Schools With Ahavat Yisrael, by R. Shmuel Jablon


Cross Currents

Infusing Our Schools With Ahavat Yisrael By Guest Contributor, Rabbi Shmuel Jablon

If in the "ideal" world we would all learn to love all humanity

Then in the Real World Ahavat Yisrael is a necessary first step

Shalom al Yisrael


Garnel Ironheart said...

There is only one problem with the essay.

When the graduate of that school shows up for a meeting with his prospective father-in-law, which question is going to make or break the deal?
1) How many gemaras did you memorize in yeshiva?
2) How infused with ahavas Yisrael are you?

(1) is what social-climbing aidems who want a collection of "learners" in their stable are looking for. Ahavas Yisrael, honesty and good middos count for nothing.

Rabbi Ben Hecht said...

The real question is:
why doesn't the learning of so many blatt infuse one with ahavas Yisrael?

It is not the fact that one may wish a talmid chacham for a son-in-law. Does the gemara not inform us of the positive nature of such a desire? The greater issue is that this learning does not lead to ahavas Yisrael. Our focus must be on improving our level of learning to ensure that it is meeting one of its inherent goals of infusing one who studies Torah with ahavas Yisrael.

Rabbi Ben Hecht

Bob Miller said...

"Ahavas Yisrael, honesty and good middos count for nothing."

...for whom exactly in the actual Jewish world? Has Mr. Ironheart done some survey we don't know about? Or is this maybe his cartoon of Orthodox life in circles other than his own?