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Section:  Avodah   Category: Chanoch L'Naar
How Many More Generations Can We Survive?
One day I received a call from the chairman of the start-up I worked for as a senior executive.  We were very close and being that he was not religious, I was one of the only frum Jews he knew.  He was very distraught that his older brother, who was drummer in a small rock band, has gotten engaged to a non-Jew.  His brother was getting older and after steadfastly refusing to marry a non-Jew for many years, had finally succumbed to age and the desire to start a family.  This was the chairman's worst nightmare and he started to worry that his two little boys may do the same.

I suggested to him that he should start becoming more Jewish and that was his only saving grace to actively help his children.  We started learning once a week together and he even started taking his boy to a local synagogue.  We shopped together for a Kiddush Kos and candle sticks.  To make a long story short, not one word we learned penetrated his brilliant Harvard educated mind.  He sat there dumbfounded whether we learned gemara, chumash, Rambam, mussar, whatever.  The excitement of all the rituals he started performing quickly wore off and wore down him and his family.  At the heart of it all lied an inability to believe.

A few months later he called me back again and said, I am getting worried again.  What could I do.  I told him that the chances of his children not marrying a non-Jew are as good as the chances of my children not marrying a girl from a different sect.  Neither of our children will respect their parents wishes that seem to be grounded in racism rather than religion.

The early victims of the "enlightenment" in Germany all shared the same feeling that Judaism is made up of illogical ancient rituals, routines, and superstitions.  With this kind of attitude Yiddishkeit can only survive in total segregation behind the ghetto walls.  In the age of enlightenment where free rational thinking was cherished, Judaism underwent reform and then this even more lifeless brand of Judaism eventually disappeared altogether.

The age we live in today is far more liberal and open and "enlightened" than the early 1800's in Berlin.  Even the chareidim today are intertwined with the national culture to a degree that would probably earn ourselves outcast status 200 year ago.  We mix freely on all levels, our mother tongue is the national language, we are well in tuned with the national media, and even to a large degree have adopted many aspects of the national culture that would have made Moshe Mendelsohn proud.

We can't afford to practice dry rituals and routines rooted in superstition.  The incredible Ba'al Tshuva movement we are witnessing today is thanks to those pioneers who have recognized this point and have breathed life back into Yiddishkeit.  Depth and understanding, rationale and reason, are no longer for Baalei Tshuva alone.  Even we, from frum homes, must practice our Yiddishkeit with the vigor and passion of newly minted Baalei Tshuva.  Rav Berel Wein once joked, when does a Ba'al Tshuva become considered just a regular Jew?  When he starts to talk during Krias HaTorah.

The Navi Yeshaya says (57:19) "Sholom Sholom LaRachok V'Lakarov" peace unto the far and near.  Rashi explains that the "far" are the people who adopted Yiddishkeit a long time ago.  The close are those freshly minted and enthusiastic ones.  Rav Shimshon Pincus says that the old ones are called far, because in their routine they have become far from the goal.  The new ones are the near ones and are literally hanging on to Hashem and not just going through the motions.  They are the ones who will pass on Yiddishkeit to the next generation.  Unlike deep faith, racism and routines don't last over many generations.  Certainly not in today's open society.
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