Isaac Kaplan

"Is it any wonder I've got too much time on my hands?"

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Can We Agree On Anything?

In my neighborhood, there are various gatherings for tefillah going on tonight, due to the war in Eretz Yisroel. It's a great idea, but something about it disturbs me.

Why do Agudah and the OU, in a time of national crisis, have separate programs? Why can't we have one big program co-sponsored by both? What would be better, in a time of commemorating a churban caused by sinas chinam, than to have an event that bridges the gaps and settles the differences? And what about b'rov am hadras melech?

But, no! I don't know who's to blame here, but apparently, the two groups can't put together a joint program. Even in a time of crisis. To me, it's simply pathetic.

I could understand not hooking up with the Conservative and Reform. There might be women leading services and other tznius issues, so perhaps, sadly, we've gotta stay away. But last I checked, both Agudah and OU people are both shomrei torah u'mitzvos.

So if politics can get in the way in a time like this, then, as a people, we've got a lot to work on.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why does everything have to be a controversy?

2:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or perhaps, why do MO's always create controversy with UO's. Why can't we just live and let live?

2:17 PM  
Blogger Isaac Kaplan said...

What's wrong with asking for a little achdus?

4:51 PM  
Anonymous sil said...

Mai nafkah mina? Every shul in my MO community had there own tehillim gathering.

8:12 PM  
Anonymous sil said...

um, their own

8:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"But, no! I don't know who's to blame here, but apparently, the two groups can't put together a joint program. Even in a time of crisis. To me, it's simply pathetic."

It doesn't sound like you're "asking for a little achdus". It sounds like a diatribe to me.

11:34 PM  

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