Posted on | February 14, 2007 | By Administrator | 34 Comments
As the film Inspired Too highlights, there are many situations where Kiruv is possible and practical. If a person is friendly and approachable, co-workers, friends, relatives and even strangers might ask a variety of questions. Many of these are easy to answer and others can be researched. In some cases a book or website recommendation would be appropriate.
There are situations where a little training would be helpful. Here is a question for the Beyond BT readers, “What material would be helpful in a Kiruv Training Seminar?”
Here are some thoughts from frequent Beyond BT commentor Bob Miller (in no particular order):
1. Compare and contrast the western civilization outlook with the Jewish outlook.
2. What is the unique mission of the Jewish people? How have we accomplished that in practice? Where have we fallen short and why?
3. Compare and contrast the ways we learn about HaShem’s management of the world, such as observation and revelation, and detail the value of each.
4. Explain Judaism as a total life package.
5. Explain what tefilla is for and the modes of tefilla. What brings us to love HaShem and how do we express that? Explain and demonstrate the nuts and bolts of tefilla and negina. Explain how to get over mental obstacles to tefilla. Musical accompaniment is very good for this segment.
6. Tell true instructive stories of Tzaddikim and by Tzaddikim.
7. Use only instructors who know the material, but will not respond hastily to questions that need research, and who are exemplars of the virtues taught. This means that a crash course will not equip someone to instruct. Better to use someone with accomplishments.
8. Tell us how to view Jews who might need our help in a way that makes us respect them and not use them as objects or means to our ends.