Monday, January 09, 2006


I'm writing this from Ben Gurion airport, where the entire place has free wifi (and outlets) for people. Definitely helps pass the time...

...With respect to our most crucial problem, the construction of Jewish commitment, no pat solutions can be offered, especially ince many of the relevant factors are mostly, if not entirely, beyond our conrol. However, one element is clearly and urgently needed: the examination and recommendation of priorities, and this at the highest level. We are what we are, and simply don't have enough fingers to dam all the dikes. However, given a clearer sense of strategy and purpose, we can surely..we can strive to utilize our resources most effectively. Should, for instance, the effort currently being expended to maintain standards of kashruth superior to those of the Shulkhan Arukh be better diverted to education? How many of the average talmidim filling our kollelim could serve K'lal Yisroel better through outreach? Does our educational structure strike the optimal present balance between quantity and quality?

Leaves of Faith, Volume 2, R. Aharon Lichtenstein, pg 358-9 "The State of K'lal Yisroel"

That paragraph can fit in almost anywhere today, not just to what R. Aharon was referring to