June 8th, 2012
Statistics that Matter
As a teenager I was exposed to the bible codes. I remember being told about a professor of statistics, who became religious after being shown the codes. It took me a while to realize that only a professor of statistics would become religious for such a reason because statistics however mind boggling, cannot cause such a drastic change in the average person’s life.
The following statistics, I am afraid, will probably not persuade you to make Aliya. However, I hope that they will be as thought-provoking for you as they were for me.
סור מרע push factor
I have just finished reading a book about North American Jewry. According to the statistics quoted in this book, the rate of assimilation in the US, amongst the Orthodox community, is as much as 5%, which is crazy.
The rate of assimilation in Israel is 2%, mainly amongst the immigrants from the former Soviet Union. The rate of assimilation amongst the Shomer Shabbat families is almost non-existent.
עשה טוב pull factor
However, I was never a big fan of the push factor. One does not need to hate Chutz La’aretz in order to love Eretz Yisrael! The pull factor is far more meaningful in my eyes. Something very interesting is evident from the following statistic. Something which could perhaps help us picture Israel in a new light.
The percentage of Shomer Shabbat families in the US is 7.5%. In Israel it is a third.
That is MORE than four times larger!
This to me is (yet another) form of evidence that Israel is on going a religious/spiritual renaissance. People often focus on and condemn the secular state. I obviously agree that Israel has not yet developed into the ideal Israel we Bnei Akivanik’s are longing for. However this spiritual renaissance is apparent. I am not only referring to secular Jews who are “returning”, the Ba’alei Teshuvah. I am also referring to the regular religious families. We in Eretz Yisrael have merited living in an era where the Torah is more relevant today than what it has been for 2000 years; more relevant in Israel than what it ever could be outside of Israel.
So next time you hear someone (usually a Rabbi) say that they love Aliya but they’re worried about people leaving the ’Derech’, and next time someone (usually a charedi) tells you that the state of Israel is not good because it is secular, perhaps you will have an answer for them. Not merely an answer of statistics and maths to prove them wrong – but an answer of essence.
June 1st, 2012
To you, the member who has grown through the Tnua, has developed religiously and chosen to lead a more committed Jewish life, I take my hat off to you. In the world in which we live today, when the materialistic is so achievable and more tempting perhaps than ever before, it is a mature and bold path which how does cialis work on bph you http://mexicanonlinepharmacy-norx.com/ have chosen to walk. You have set out on a journey which many have chosen not to. It is demanding; though meaningful it has many challenges and sacrifices along the way.
There may come a time, perhaps this time has already come, when you ask yourself if you still belong in Bnei Akiva. Perhaps it is time to identify with what people call a more ‘right wing’ environment where you can develop yourself and not need to compromise some of those things which you believe in. For what it is worth, I want you to know that you have my support. We in Bnei Akiva are proud of our Bogrim
and though we are most proud of those who choose to live a Torah way of life in Eretz Yisrael buy discount cialis while contributing to society, we are nevertheless proud of those who have chosen to follow only two, or even one part of our three-faceted ideology. We are proud of people who have become leaders, even if they are not Bnei Torah, and we are proud of those who have devoted themselves to Torah, even if they do not make Aliyah.
I do however feel the necessity to share with you one thought. In Bnei Akiva we educate for Ahavat Yisrael and for taking responsibility for Klal Yisrael. If you choose to leave the movement because Bnei Akiva is not ‘frum’ enough for you, you are taking care of yourself and your religious needs. Instead of recognising that Bnei Akiva has helped you reach where you have reached and remaining active in the movement so to add your now new input, you are choosing to abandon ship. In fact, super viagra I would go as far as to say, that such a move would be narrowing your religious commitment rather than expanding it, since, for the sake of making it easier for yourself, you will be sacrificing a value which Bnei Akiva is committed to –כל ישראל ערבים זה viagraprofessional-100mg לזה, all of Israel are responsible for one another (Sanhedrin 27b). This value is the ability to think of Klal Yisrael and how I can (humbly) help them, rather than thinking how they are disturbing me.
There is one important reservation. If you feel that by being together in a movement with people less religious than yourself that your religious growth will be negatively influenced then by all means I urge you to leave the Tnua. For what it is worth, you have my blessing but please remember to have hakarat hatov towards the important work Bnei Akiva are doing in the community, and for what avodart or cialis Bnei Akiva has done for what is viagra professional you!
However, if you think that you have a strong character and that you are not going to lose everything you have built just by being surrounded by less committed Jews you still belong in Bnei Akiva, and you have so much to give.
Please look around you and you will see that you are not alone, there are many Bnei Torah in BAUK today and together with them, together with my humble contribution, we can make Bnei Akiva a place in which you will feel that you are contributing, whilst still continuing on your journey and going from strength to strength.
B’vircat Chaverim l’Torah v’Avodah,
Ilan, Central Shaliach
September 21st, 2011
e.g. weekly Limmud at the Bayit and on campus, Sviva and Shabbatot Ha’irgun, Machane, Lunch and Learn in Yavneh College. Furthermore, if you think something is lacking – make it happen!! It is now your turn to make your mark on this movement in helping us only to go forward. Kadimah Bnei Akiva! Bevirkat Chaverim LeTorah vaAvodah Ilan