Novominsker Rebbe: “There Should Be No Frum Kehillah In This Country That Doesn’t Adopt A Kollel in Eretz Yisroel”


novominsker-rebbeDuring his drashah on Motzoei Shabbos at the keynote session of the 92nd National Convention of Agudas Yisroel of America at the Woodcliffe Hilton in Woodcliffe, NJ, the Novominsker Rebbe, Rav Yaakov Perlow, Rosh Agudas Yisroel, stressed the blessings that our community sees each day: the renaissance blossoming of Torah and Yiddishkeit in a cross-section of America’s Orthodox communities and the growing love of chessed for a fellow Yid.

At the same time, the Rebbe spoke passionately about the areas that need work: alleviating the shidduch crisis, fighting the “new plague of Open Orthodoxy” and anonymous critics who deride talmidei chachomim.

Turning his attention to the situation in Eretz Yisroel, the Rebbe observed how Klal Yisroel is suffering immensely at the hands of the Arabs as part of the chevlei Moshiach. He related the antidote that is brought in the Gemara: intensifying our endeavors in Torah and gemillus chassodim. Particularly, the Rebbe implored American Jewry to help counter the draconian cuts that the Israeli government has imposed upon mosdos haTorah and bnei Torah.

“There should be no frum kehillah in this country that doesn’t adopt a kollel in Eretz Yisroel,” the Rebbe exclaimed. “No one is absolved.”

He added that a high level of chessed and generosity must be shown to suffering individuals from Eretz Yisroel who come to our communities to raise funds.

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  1. B”H we are Zocheh to such public displays of sharing Das Torah by the not only going to the convention to meet and hear from our Gedolim but through sites as this one where we can see the speeches again and then get these news tidbits to allow us another opportunity to have the points made driven home.

    While we must of course follow the direction or the Rebbe, I was wondering was there also any mention of supporting the many individuals here in our community (not from Eretz Yisroel) who are also suffering terribly?

  2. In order to alleviate the shidduch crisis boys must start shidduchim younger. The Rebbe was one of the 50 Rabonim that signed on the Kol Koira in 5773 that bachurim should start shidduchim younger.
    Tizku Lemitsvois

  3. I have one question with the adopt a kollel and all other appeals for support for the Israelis. With all due respect, do you know how many people here in kollel or not in kollel cannot make ends meet????? You may be supporting someone else in kollel while your next door neighbor does not give her children nutritious meals because of cost!!!
    There are plenty of tzedakos for local people, but they don’t have any extra money. So many people who cant afford a yom tov, tuitions etc. Granted there are those who “live it up” and then cry “poor” but there are plenty who don’t, who don’t make it onto programs and still do not have cleaning ladys, new shoes or clothes yom tov season, no meat etc.

    what’s the answer to this?

  4. Everyoner who attended the CONVENTION should donate the cost of the event to them to a special fund established to distribute to kollelim

  5. The idea and program of adopt a kollel is a great one. Yes there are many needy people in America and they deserve support. I find that people that are looking to give Tzedaka give locally and abroad and people that don’t want to give will always have excuses as to why one type of Tzedaka is more worthy than others.
    The fact is That the kollelim and yungerleit in eretz yisroel are hurting and are deserving of our support. Let’s get together and help them.

  6. To those questioning about supporting poor families here in the States.
    Adopt- A Kollel was not meant to replace any other form of Tzedakah people give, and certainly everyone should continue giving to the causes they already support.