You know the feeling: you’re sitting in the audience at a Q&A session at a convention, your shul or in even back in the Yeshiva days. Others in the audience are asking questions and the panelists are responding—but with a little too much ease, as if they were given the questions ahead of time. Meanwhile you sit in your seat, struggling with all your might not to raise your hand. You have a question, a real question, one that niggles at your mind when you’re supposed to be concentrating on more important things, but you dare not ask it. What would others think? Your kids need to get into school, Shidduchim and all that—you can’t possible let your thoughts be known.
If only there was some way to convince one of your friends to ask for you.
Tonight, your friend will finally speak up.
HaRav Elya Brundy, Rosh Yeshivas Mir Brooklyn and Rav Yosef Elefant, Rosh Yeshiva in Mir Yerushalayim—two of Klal Yisroel’s most prolific Morei Derech, who spend countless hours listening to the concerns of both their Talmidim and Klal Yiroel at large—will make themselves available for a session at the Agudah Convention like no other before it. The session, entitled “Asking for A Friend”, will be anything but a regular Q&A Session. Moderator Yisroel Besser will be asking the questions that you want to ask, the ones that you talk about at Shalosh Seudos and on Whatsapp—the questions that really matter; no standard convention fare.
The answers will be different too: armed with the vision that comes from decades in the Koslei Bais Medrash and the experience that comes with serving in the vitals roles that they do, R’ Brundy and R’ Elefant will offer guidance and insight and, most importantly, engage in open and honest discussion. All participants have agreed to a simple set of ground rules: answers and Hadracha, even if some people squirm a little.
The topics discussed will run the gamut, from Chinuch and relationships to Hashkafas HaTorah in our changing world, each question opening a door to frank conversation about issues that we all face and think about—even if we’d rather not raise our own hands.
Even if you cannot join live at the Crowne Plaza in Stamford, where all sessions are open to the public, you can watch from the comfort of your own internet enabled device by logging onto Matzav.com for the live stream, beginning at 10:30 PM.