Letter: Have We Lost Sight?

I am writing to reflect on two recent events in the Lakewood region that served as a real wake-up call for me as to where we stand.

Both events aimed to support Torah, yet they couldn’t have been more different in terms of attendance and atmosphere.

The first event, despite it being well-advertised, was eerily empty. The organizers had spared no expense in marketing, but the venue remained largely deserted. It was a sobering sight, and I couldn’t help but wonder what had gone wrong.

In stark contrast, the second event (also well-advertised) was jam-packed with enthusiastic attendees, all gathered to support a noble cause.

The difference? One offered numerous delicacies, a hookah bar and more.

Though I didn’t inquire as to how much each event brought in, I’m sure it was quite obvious.

It may be embarrassing to admit, but have we lost sight of what truly matters? Have we become so accustomed to seeking external enticements that we forget the inherent value of supporting Torah?

I hope we can learn from these two events and refocus our priorities. Let us strive to create gatherings that are centered on substance, not just superficial attractions and Taavas.


A simple Balabus from Jackson.

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  1. very well written and good intentioned letter! I think I once heard a Chabad yid say that the way they get to people’s hearts, is through their stomachs. This takes it to a whole new madrega though – through the lungs?

  2. No we didn’t lose sight…… We are just totally blind.
    All this has nothing to do with Torah or tzadaka.. it’s all about status etc

  3. מעשה אבות סימן לבנים
    Avrohom Avinu was also mekarev yidden לאבינו שבשמים via hot delicious meals etc as we know, and even though he was suspicious of them being עובד עבודה זרה as he made them wash their feet etc he still understood the way to a man’s heart…

  4. Having run many fundraising events (I don’t know what kind of event the original poster is referring to), I can honestly say its not what is at the event but rather who is at the event.

    If the event is run passively with an announcement and that’s it, no one will come. If the event is being spearheaded by people encouraging their friends and acquaintances – even if it is a simpler production, you will attract a crowd.


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