Posted on | June 29, 2006 | By Mark Frankel | 13 Comments
David and I were entering my Shul to learn last Sunday and, hurray for us, we actually avoided Bitul Zman with Beyond BT stuff. In the front window there was a sign from a kid’s event that morning titled “Beach Blanket Bingo”. David gave me a quizzical look and I replied, “You know us crazy Charedim”.
That’s a rap we sometimes get at Beyond BT – we’re too Charedi. Does that mean that we take our Judaism seriously? Does that mean that we’re not happy that our concentration in davening is not always so great? Does that mean that we feel that we should be learning more? Does that mean that we’re constanly examining our performance of mitzvos? Does that mean that we’re trying to become more chesed-oriented? Does that mean that we’re working hard on judging people favorably? If that’s what is meant by Charedi, please count us in.
But if you’ll look into the matter more deeply you might find: if you’re reading this site, then you also take your Judaism seriously; that you’re also interested in becoming a better Jew; that you also want to develop a better relationship with the Master of the Universe; that you also want to make this world a better place. So maybe you’re Charedi too.
Once we realize that we’re in this quest to draw closer to Hashem together, and that drawing lines, building barriers, and stereotyping is not going to get us with where we need to go, then maybe we’ll be able to look at every Jew and ask some simple yet powerful questions:
What can I learn from this person?
What can I give to this person?
Then we’ll be ready to share our stories, our victories, our defeats, our constructive suggestions and give support to each other as we journey together on the path Hashem mapped out for all of us.