Posted on | February 11, 2007 | By Mark Frankel | 10 Comments
I just came back from Inspired Too and I highly recommend it. This film is focused more on those doing Kiruv, with helpful ideas on doing Kiruv. It is also filled with a number of great and inspiring stories from the Baalei Teshuva themselves.
There are 5 million non- observant Jews in America. The bottom line message is that we can and should be involved in bringing them closer to Hashem at some level. One of the speakers made the point that the focus should just be to help each person take the next step on their personal ladder, for their bechira point (see Strive for Truth – Vol 1).
One of the speakers, Eliyahu Bernstein told a moshel that you’re obviously frum and on a plane looking all over the peanut bag for the kashrus symbol. The person next to you says there’s an OU over there. What the person is really saying is that I’m a Jew also, I’m in the same ballpark as you, although I probably don’t look for the kosher symbol as often as you do. You have a choice to say, thank you, eat the peanuts and go back to sleep or start a conversation with the person. Where are you from? How do you know about kashrus? Did you go to Hebrew School? And you can make mention of some classes or some Rabbi in the person’s hometown if you know about it. Rav Bernstein says that this encounter will result in the person taking the next step, one out of six times, so why not take the first step.
Aish uses the neumonic INSPIRE to suggest 7 avenues of Outreach.
Internet – Give them one great Jewish Website.
Nurture a friendship. Ask about their lives. Care.
Shabbos – Invite them to a Shabbos Dinner.
Publication – Give them an Inspring Book
Israel – Encourage them to go learn or tour.
Relationships. Share one Torah tip about love.
Excite Them. Explain why you love being observant.
Please go to Project Inspire to learn more and to participate in the current Purim project of sending a card or a Shaloch Manos to somebody you know.
And visit kiruv.com to find out when Inspired Too is playing at a location near you.