Dear Aish Family,
This Shabbos, we will be celebrating the start of the new month of Elul. Traditionally, Yeshivas (Judaic learning institutions) around the world start the school year on this date. For the past month, the Jewish world has celebrated a period of time called “Bein HaZmanim.” This is about a month during the summer that every Yeshiva gives their students off and essentially closes down.
It is within this context that a conversation started on an educational list serve. The writers were outreach professionals that dealt with young Jewish adults on campuses around the U.S. They were bemoaning the fact that Jewish schools that they sent their students to all closed down for this month in the summer.
Many were aghast that just as their students were starting to enjoy learning Jewish texts, they were cast out since the institutions they were in closed for the break. The electronic back and forth reached a feverish pitch with everyone demanding a massive scheduling change.
It was with this that our own Rabbi Rosman, Director of Yeshiva Aish HaTorah, joined the discussion. Rabbi Rosman was not a habitual poster on this group but he felt that he needed to make a statement. He wrote that while it is true that many Jewish learning institutions were closed for this month, Yeshiva Aish HaTorah never closes and is available to service any Jew who would like to study relevant Torah.
Just like that, the discussion ended. Why? Because Aish HaTorah had taken responsibility to solve the problem years before anyone knew there was an issue.
I feel that this story sums up Aish HaTorah. We are available 365 days a year for any Jew who wants to connect with their heritage. Our doors always remain open to those honestly seeking the truth about our joint Jewish legacy.
It is also true that Aish takes the responsibility upon itself to struggle with the issues of the Jewish nation and come up with solutions way before most are cognizant that there is a problem.
We were the first to realize that there was a problem with assimilation and intermarriage twenty years before the Jewish population study realized the intermarriage rate rose over 50%. Rav Noach understood the danger that radical Islam posed and the demonization of Israel before these issues became popular.
We are the canary in the mineshaft for the Jewish people. We will continue to identify the issues facing the Jewish people and our doors will remain open 365 days a year to solve them. May the Almighty grant us the strength to fight the correct fight on behalf of His nation.