They say “awareness” is the cure, but is it always? Are there not people out there who ignore these warning signs?
You know what else they say? They say that today there is more Yiddishkeit than ever before. But what they don’t say is that, today, there are more people going Off The Derech than ever before. OTD (as they call it)is so fast growing and so big already that even OTD have different sects; there is the half OTD semi OTD and full OTD,
Used to be that when we walked down the street and saw a guy with tattoos and body-piercing we would look away and be afraid that the “GOY” would hurt us. We may have even mumbled something in Yiddish to our friend walking with us: “hey look at this goy”. Today “this goy” speaks a perfect Yiddish, today this goy is someone that went to the same yeshiva as you. Or in many cases, even more ultra yeshivas.
What is bothersome to me is that we are busy doing kiruv to bring Jews to Yiddishkeit; but how busy are we in bringing our own back? Where are the organizations for the people that were frum but are now OUT OF TOUCH. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking any kiruv organization! Just the opposite. I support them and applaud them for their work, but can I get a partner in this war against the “devil” who is grabbing our innocent children and tearing them away from amongst us?!?
Why are we using up all our resources to build new roads while ignoring the roads we are traveling on that are “crack”ed – “broke”n with “pot” holes everywhere.
This past Rosh Hashana I saw, firsthand, the best society has produced, beautiful souls, gorgeous neshomos – but their covers are black and torn, their outside is covered with tattoos and body-piercing. The only thing that keeps them connected is the warm Yiddish they speak and the love for a good piece of kugel. I found that the solution to this epidemic is not to be judgmental of people and if someone is not in the same league that you are, you should still give them support and love, in the hopes that they will come back.
The truth is that all of us, even the greatest among us who go on vacation for the summer know that it is only temporary and at some point it will be time to go home. And we go home.
And all of us get a certain great feeling, a feeling of being missed when we go on a short vacation and we come home to a big welcome home sign on the front door; can we all put a big welcome home sign for these men & women (they’re not kids, they’re adults) and make them feel wanted and missed, in the hopes that it will warm them and they will return?
So they say “Awareness” is the cure, but that’s not always the case. We are all aware what’s going on out there but is that stopping the devil from entering our homes? Is awareness helping us cure this epidemic that has quietly infiltrated our community?
Now that you know what is going on out here, will you help me do something about it?