Audio Roundup Special: Agudah Convention

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by Joel Rich

Agudah Convention  2023

All videos can be found here:  https://www.agudahconvention.org/program

I wonder if public self reflection for communities and organizations would be a positive thing? Focusing on accomplishments is OK but what about shortfalls? Do we represent all klal yisrael? Do our neighbors have any legitimate concerns about us? The current matzav created so many kiruv opportunities but did we “force” such a matzav by not drawing people in by who we are? If the gedolim are against internet/social media, why is the convention online?

 

LIVING IN ERETZ YISROEL AND YOU: WHY IT MATTERS 

Sources on the mitzva of yishuv eretz yisrael and historical exemptions. Do the exemptions still apply today? There are a lot of good reasons for (chareidim) to make aliya. (From the remarks it seems the session wasn’t well attended )

 

DISPATCHES FROM THE FRONT: ERETZ YISROEL AT WAR

We must win this war. We must all know what’s at risk. We must all be informed. We must be involved in more kiruv. We must all take the hints and change. (Me-Just like covid. )

 

AGUDAH LIVE INTERVIEWS, RECAP AND MORE FROM THE CONVENTION CENTER – 1

The convention’s theme is take action/get involved. Includes a discussion of programs designed to help kids with various challenges, legal issues (zoning, employment), and kiruv. (me-I hope the current situation is viewed as more than a kiruv opportunity.)

 

A MOTHER’S PERSPECTIVE ON SPECIAL NEEDS: WHAT WE WISH THE WORLD WOULD KNOW

Yahalom is agudah’s program for children with special needs. Discussion providing chizuk for parents as well as advice with how to deal with one’s own emotions. 

 

BROTHERS REAWAKENING: OUR CALL TO ACTION

Various kiruv opportunities (and approaches to kiruv) in the current matzav.

 

SPECIAL NEEDS IN OUR COMMUNITY: A TORAH PERSPECTIVE

One needs to understand the needs of those families and individuals with special needs (eg how to recognize their needs in schools, shuls … ) Includes illustrative stories.

 

2023: SUNDAY KEYNOTE

If you can internalize that HKBH gives you all that you need, and don’t worry about what everyone else has, you’ll be fine.

 

REB YISROEL BEIN HA’AMIM – CHALLENGES, OPPORTUNITIES, ISSUES, AND SOLUTIONS

We have gedolim to give us guidance in general and specifically regarding the agudah fund raising for the current crisis. We have to know that we have only HKBH to rely on. We need to avoid pirud even while having differences (be mvater, especially as individuals), daven, and learn a lot. The recent suffering has only increased our emunah.

 

#ASKINGFORAFRIEND

Q&A including: balancing joy and pain (only make demands that the tzibur can handle), yeshivot focusing some attention on shmirat einayim (or pure learning will take care of it), self-absorption is rampant, encouraging gun ownership (no), dealing with toxic relationship (need boundaries – especially parent/child), chinuch is about keeping the ultimate goal in mind, agudah moetzet is a combination of agreement on the big things with different approaches on others, you must have a rebbi for objective guidance, don’t mess with the moetzet system (just follow your rav), and mashiach as a practical incentive.

 

HAKOL, KOL YAAKOV: LEVERAGING OUR VOICES TO COMBAT SURGING ANTISEMITISM

There’s a lot of anti-semitism out there but more people becoming aware of their jewish identity and others getting involved. Here’s what agudah is doing and what you should do regarding anti-semitism.

 

TORAH MAGNA UMATZLA: INCREASING OUR LIMUD IN AN EIS TZOROH

Learning torah definitely protects us (it’s a given!) How do those who have left yeshiva overcome challenges? (me-it’s a nuanced message to put kollelim as the attainable aspiration yet build up those who don’t attain it). Practical tips provided. Women? Support men’s talmud torah!

 

KASHRUS: MAINTAINING KEDUSHAH IN A STARBUCKS WORLD

Kashrut is about more than technical yoreh deah rules; it’s about being kadosh.

 

Starbucks coffee (and other providers as well) are a problem. Their coffee shop procedures also change on an ongoing basis. Frum people are eating treif!

 

FORTUNATE IN THIS WORLD: THE BLESSINGS OF HAVING A ROV, FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY

Everyone needs a rov who knows them and forms a relationship with them. Women should not have a separate rov relationship.

 

MELAVAH MALKAH

Ruach music

 

#ASKINGFORAFRIEND: GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS EDITION

Government officials require careful tending in a non-partisan manner. Aguda’s number one priority is whatever the moetzet says (generally religious values). Every vote counts at every level to have political leverage. We vote practically, not with any particular party. (me-will the newly elected representative in NJ ask daas torah on each vote?)

 

CALL TO ACTION

Messages include: pitch for a “frum” medical plan, chizuk, listen to one gedolim, the matzav is a great kiruv opportunity, support kollelim, “know us” initiative (NY Times sought Pulitzer and we defeated them), “know us” now working for Israel hasbara, and the tafkid of those in the workforce.

 

AGUDAH LIVE INTERVIEWS, RECAP AND MORE FROM THE CONVENTION CENTER – 2

Covers sessions on adopt-a-kollel, asking for a friend, government relations, and anti-semitism.

 

AGUDAH LIVE INTERVIEWS, RECAP AND MORE FROM THE CONVENTION CENTER – 3

Shabbat was great (me-too bad no summaries available). Some discussion of government relations issues. The convention is great, agudah has a great balance of young and old, the gedolim are in touch with the people and the times, and everyone can do something better.

 

PIRCHEI

Lots of prizes for pirchei learners.

About Joel Rich

Joel Rich is a frequent wannabee cyberspace lecturer on various Torah topics. A Yerushalmi formerly temporarily living in West Orange, NJ, his former employer and the Social Security administration support his Torah listening habits. He is a recovering consulting actuary.

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