Monday, August 23, 2004

Shaking & Quaking

Rabbi Carmy once quoted Rav Aharon Lichtenstein about educating one's children in Avodas haKodesh. Rav Aharon Lichtenstein noted that you could be a Shaker but your kids might not shake. You could be a Quaker, but your children may not quake. But it's easier to transmit lomdus to one's children.
The problem is that it's easy to create a community where all one has is Halakha, Lomdus, & Learning, without any spiritual paths. It's difficult to create communities where Avodas Hashem is engaged seriously across an entire community. So Avodas Hashem becomes either based upon Yeshivos, Chugim, or in individuals.
The problem with the first is that Yeshivos primary focus is in learning Gemara; rarely do we select a Yeshiva for it's path in Avodas Hashem. About the others, I may blog later.

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